LCANZ Member Newsletter – June 2016

Welcome to our new look newsletter

It’s my pleasure to introduce LCANZ’s new look member newsletter. The LCANZ steering committee is keen to share topical and engaging stories that keep you up to date with the latest Life Cycle thinking.

In this edition we celebrate a great turn out at last month’s LCANZ workshop in Auckland, give a New Zealand perspective on the Life Cycle Assessment of electric vehiclesand look at what Life Cycle thinking’s inclusion in the ISO 14001 framework means for us.

This newsletter will be published bi-monthly, with the next issue scheduled for August.  I hope you enjoy it and if you have any comments, feedback or if there’s something you’d like to see covered in the next edition, don’t hesitate to email me at

Dr Barbara Nebel
President, Life Cycle Association of New Zealand
June 2016

Great turn out for LCANZ workshop in Auckland

LCANZ hosted a well-attended workshop on May 12 that examined how to create tangible business value through LCA. This interactive workshop saw Adam Schofield, Autex’s Environmental & Quality Compliance Manager, talk about fuelling growth and innovation with Life Cycle Management. Mark Stevens, Tork Professional Hygiene’s Head of Sales in New Zealand, covered the commercialisation of LCA. Emily Townsend, Downer’s Sustainability Programme Advisor, outlined influencing infrastructure design through carbon footprinting and Barbara Nebel, President of LCANZ discussed the business value of LCA.

The LCANZ committee was extremely pleased with the success of this event and we look forward to welcoming even more LCANZ members and associates at future events. The workshops are an excellent opportunity to network and exchange ideas with industry peers and are focused on imparting practical advice on how LCA can be used to support business decisions, grow revenue, identify efficiencies, improve external communication and marketing and develop Environmental Product Declarations. The event is also about fun and feedback we received from attendees was extremely positive.

Agrilink Director Andrew Barber had this to say: “Congratulations to the team that organised the Auckland LCANZ workshop on May 12. This was a terrific event, with three great speakers who were able to demonstrate the practical application of life cycle thinking in their businesses. It challenged my thinking about the value of sustainable thinking, culture and the value to a business. Also it is always a great opportunity at the end to talk with a wine in hand, brilliant. I’m looking forward to the next event.”

The next workshop is planned to be on water footprinting, in collaboration with the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre. Speakers will include Dr Sarah McLaren, Associate Professor at Massey University and Dr Ranvir Singh, Senior Lecturer at Massey University. Please contact Sarah if you would like to find out more.

Life Cycle Assessment of electric vehicles: a New Zealand perspective

New Zealand seems uniquely suited to benefit from recent developments in plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) technologies. All models presently on the New Zealand market are capable of meeting the transport needs of the majority of urban-dwelling New Zealanders, who drive less than 42 kilometres per day.

Life Cycle Assessments of motor vehicle technologies have become commonplace overseas, but no such study has been undertaken for the New Zealand context. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has therefore commissioned Arup and Verdant Vision to perform an LCA assessment of PEVs in New Zealand. Their study shows a 60% reduction of green house gases in PEVs, compared with petrol cars, over the life cycle of the vehicle.

Life Cycle thinking included in ISO 14001 – what does it mean for us?

There’s nothing particularly new about the idea of a product or service having a ‘life cycle’ in environmental terms. What is new, however, is its direct incorporation into the latest version of ISO 14001 (read the announcement here). For those with environmental responsibilities, it raises many questions.

What are the implications? What if I don’t own a key part of the cycle? How detailed does my perspective have to be and how do I get one? If you’ve pondered any of these questions, or you’re beginning to think it might be a good idea if you did, this whitepaper explores what is meant by a ‘life cycle perspective’ and what it can mean for you and your organization.

Environmental management standards – get involved!

NZ contributes to a number of ISO activities around Environmental Management. An International Reference Group (IRG) facilitates input from New Zealand to the following standardisation activities:

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Greenhouse Gas Management and related activities including Carbon Footprinting
  • Environmental Labelling

Currently the standards for Corporate and Product Carbon Footprinting are under revision. This includes the ISO 14064 series as well as ISO 14067 for Product Carbon Footprinting. If you would like to be involved, provide feedback and input, please contactBarbara Nebel, Convener of the Carbon working group in the IRG.

Under Environmental Labelling the current activities focus on ISO 14026 for Communication of Environmental Footprints and ISO 14027 for the development of Product Category Rules, represented by David Dowdell. For involvement in other areas, please contact Sarah McLaren, Chair of the IRG.

Life Cycle Assessment and greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture

A few months ago the US based Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate Project produced a useful video about LCA in agriculture in the US. It does a great job of explaining the merits of LCA and is recommended viewing. Click here to watch the Youtube video.


EPD News

How do you recognize a true EPD? 
An EPD is a type III environmental declaration according to ISO 14025 or EN 15804. However, on the market there are other documents that could be mistaken for being type III environmental declarations. A recently published article by the International EPD® system gives some examples on what information to look for when reading an EPD. Read more.

Latest PCR activities
For more on recently published product category rules (PCR) and newly initiated PCR under development click here. A very relevant one for New Zealand is the PCR on milk productsClick here if you would like to add comments.

Newly registered EPDs
Here are some of the latest registered EPDs in the Australasian EPD Programme from companies such as Kingspan, Iplex, Vinidex and Bluescope Steel. See them all here.

The International EPD® system launches new page for increased global PCR harmonization
In recent years, there has been an increased interest among various stakeholders in many countries to take part in development of PCR, and many initiatives exist worldwide. To support harmonization EPD International has set up a webpage with links to the most important sources of PCR documents.Read more.

About Australasian EPD
Today, local and global markets have increased demand for science-based, verified and comparable information about environmental performance of goods and services. The Australasian EPD® Programme provides a trans-Tasman platform for communicating credible environmental information about products and their production methods.

The Australasian EPD® Programme is also aligned with its partner organization, the International EPD® System, to enable a harmonized and efficient platform for global EPD® development and communication. For more information visit

Upcoming Events

Revolutionising resource use – how your business can benefit from the circular economy
The Sustainable Business Network is offering workshops in Wellington and Tauranga where leading organisations will give practical insights into how they have embraced the circular economy and are adding value to their business as a result.

Member rate for LCANZ  – Great news for LCANZ members is that we have negotiated a member rate for registration with the Sustainable Business Network. If you’d like to make use of the member rate contact Barbara Nebel for more information.

For further information about the June 22 workshop in Tauranga click this link
For further information about the July 7 workshop in Wellington click this link

10th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food 2016
19-21 October 2016, Dublin, Ireland
Early registration ends on June 30. For more information click here.

LCA XVI – The event for LCA knowledge sharing and networking in North America
27-29 September 2016, Charleston, South Carolina
For more information click here.

EcoBalance 2016 – Responsible value chains for sustainability
3-6 October 2016, Kyoto, Japan
For more information click here.


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