LCANZ Member Newsletter – August 2016

LCA momentum continues to grow in NZ

Life Cycle Association of New ZealandIt’s been an exciting two months for the Life Cycle community in New Zealand. We continue to see a growing awareness for the value of Life Cycle Assessment. We are proud that the work we are doing is increasing understanding of and demand for the services our members provide.

As proof of this growing momentum I’m glad to report that four of our members recently qualified as LCA Certified Practitioners (LCACP). Keep reading to find out who they are!

The Australasian EPD® Programme – a joint venture between LCANZ and Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) – continues to gain traction with iconic brands Tork, Purex and Sorbent recently publishing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Now is a great time to reflect on our successes and I want to formally invite you to the 8th LCANZ Annual General meeting which will be held, simultaneously, in Auckland and Wellington on August 18. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with people with similar interests. Non-members are more than welcome to join so feel free to invite interested friends and colleagues. See below for more details.

I hope to see you at the AGM and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at

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


RSVP for LCANZ Annual General Meeting

Life Cycle Association of New Zealand

Join us for the LCANZ Annual General Meeting on August 18. The meeting will be held simultaneously via webcast in Wellington and Auckland. We are looking forward to a mix of celebrations, presentations and engaged discussions with a workshop – “It’s not just about Carbon – how to tackle other relevant impacts in NZ” – to be held before the meeting starts.
If you plan to attend please RSVP to Kimberly Robertson ( by 11 August 2016. Details of the venues and agenda can be found in the AGM invitation which you can download by clicking the button below.

Call for nominations
Nominations for three positions on the LCANZ committee are open. If you are interested in putting yourself or someone else forward for a position on the committee, pleasedownload and return your nomination slip by 11 August 2016 to Kimberly Robertson (


Four members gain LCA Practitioner Certification

Life Cycle Association of New Zealand

LCANZ now has four LCA Certified Practitioners (LCACP). Join us in congratulating, from left to right, Barbara Nebel, Kimberly Robertson, Ben Canaguier and Jeff Vickers for meeting LCACP criteria and passing the 3.5 hour exam! If you’d like to contact Barbara, Kimberly, Ben or Jeff directly their contact details can be found at the LCACP directory on the LCANZ website. Click the button below to access the directory.


Paper towel maker Asaleo Care publishes EPDs

Life Cycle Association of New ZealandAsaleo Care, a leading personal care and hygiene company that manufactures consumer products across Feminine Care, Incontinence Care, Baby Care, Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene product categories has published two Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Iconic New Zealand brands Tork handtowels and Tork, Purex and Sorbent toilet tissue have achieved EPDs under the Australasian EPD Programme. Click here to download the EPD for handtowels and click here to download the EPD for toilet tissue.


LCANZ member takes leadership role on global livestock supply chain project

Life Cycle Association of New Zealand

LCANZ member Stewart Ledgard is working with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to develop agreed LCA-based methods for resource use and environmental impact indicators for livestock supply chains. This is being done as part of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP)Partnership. The Ministry for Primary Industries is a member of the Steering Group and has been supporting New Zealand involvement, along with other governments, NGOs and livestock sectors, to ensure fairness for grazed pasture systems.

Stewart, from AgResearch, was the chair of the technical advisory group (TAG) for the small ruminant (sheep and goats) supply chains which coordinated research from across the globe. Existing guidelines were mainly focused on greenhouse gas emissions and fossil energy use. Currently, a new international TAG has commenced work on guidelines for nutrient flows and related impact categories (eutrophication and acidification), with Stewart being a co-chair.


LCANZ members 10% discount for SBN conference

Life Cycle Association of New Zealand

LCANZ has negotiated a special discount of 10% for members attending the Sustainable Business Network’s Annual Conference on August 31 in Auckland.

The theme of this year’s event isCommunicating in an age of Authenticity and is an opportunity to develop fresh ideas, be inspired by some of NZ’s leading sustainability thinkers and learn how to thrive in a market where people want to know the good being done by the businesses they buy from, work for and invest in. To learn more about the event click the link below.


Life cycle expert presentations available online

Life Cycle Association of New ZealandIf you missed the LCANZ workshop in Auckland on May 12 that examined how to create tangible business value through LCA,speaker presentations are now available to download.

Feel free to download the following:

  • Fuelling growth and innovation with Life Cycle Management – Adam Schofield, Autex’s Environmental & Quality Compliance Manager
  • The commercialisation of LCA – Mark Stevens, Tork Professional Hygiene’s Head of Sales in New Zealand 
  • Influencing infrastructure design through carbon footprinting – Emily Townsend, Downer’s Sustainability Programme Advisor
  • The business value of LCA – and Barbara Nebel, President of LCANZ discussed


UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative strategic review: Survey

Life Cycle Association of New ZealandThe UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative is currently conducting a strategic review, whose conclusions will also be used in defining the Initiative’s next Phase 4 (2017-2020).

They are asking for input from the international Life Cycle community. You are invited to provide your thoughts and inspiration to the initiative’s strategy. If you would like to contribute please visit the link below and complete the survey before August 31.

In other interesting news from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) a new staff position is open in the UNEP’s Life Cycle Thinking team to coordinate the “Resource Efficiency through Application of Life cycle thinking” (REAL) project.

The Programme Management Officer position is based in France and, if you’re interested, you can apply online to bring your world-class life-cycle-thinking knowledge and project management skills to a dynamic and diverse team. Click here for more details.


Case Study: The life cycle of a jean – understanding the environmental impact of a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans

Life Cycle Association of New ZealandLevi Strauss & Co conducted the apparel industry’s first lifecycle assessment (LCA) study in 2007 to assess the entire lifecycle impact of a core set of products. The study focused primarily on the company’s U.S. operations and uncovered that the greatest water and energy impact was in two areas: cotton cultivation and consumer care.

For more detail on their findings check out the case study.


Upcoming Events

22nd SETAC Europe LCA Case Studies Symposium
20 – 22 September 2016, Montpellier, France
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.

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.

Water Footprint Symposium
11 November 2016, Wellington
This workshop will be hosted by LCANZ and the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre. For more information contact Sarah McLaren at

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