LCANZ Member Newsletter – November 2016

New lease of life for the LCANZ Committee

LCANZ has undergone a few refreshes since our last newsletter.

Following their excellent and dedicated service, Dave Dowdell, Dave Maslen, Anthony Hume and Martin Barry will be retiring from the LCANZ Committee. I want to thank them for their fantastic contribution. They have played a significant role in building momentum for life cycle thinking in New Zealand.

While it’s sad to see them go, the life cycle community is a close one. We expect to stay in close contact and look forward to their continued support in delivering the message that life cycle management is critical to a sustainable future.

On the flip side, it’s with huge excitement we welcome new members Adam Scholfield, Gaya Gamage, Mike Horrell and Shreyasi Majumdar to the Committee. All four are high-calibre professionals with excellent credentials in sustainability management. We really look forward to the new energy and ideas they will bring to the Committee. Keep reading for a more detailed introduction to this talented trio.

In another refresh we’re working to make our website more relevant and useful to LCANZ members. We want this to be a comprehensive directory for members and life cycle practitioners. Head over to, check it out and let us know if you have more suggestions for how it might be improved.

Also, if you’re interested in becoming a Certified LCA Practitioner, there will be an opportunity to sit the exam in December. If you have any questions regarding the process, please get in touch with Kimberly Robertson. The date and time of the exam will be announced separately.

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

Fresh faces: Our new Committee members!

Help us welcome, clockwise from top left, Adam Schofield, Dr. Gaya Gamage, Mike Horrell and Shreyasi Majumdar.

Adam has a Masters degree in Life Cycle Management from Massey University and is currently Environmental and Quality Compliance Manager at Autex Industries in Auckland. Gaya has a PhD in Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment and Risk Assessment from the University of Auckland and is a consultant at Thinkstep.

Mike has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Massey University with a major in Innovation Management. He is now a Product Research Fellow at Methven Ltd in Auckland.  Shreyasi has a Masters of Science from Sikkim Manipal University in India. She is now a student at Massey University.

The Committee is very much looking forward to working with you all!

Asaleo Care finalist at 2016 SBN Awards

Judges for the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards have announced the finalists. Asaleo Care, which has published two Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) under the Australasian EPD Programme has been nominated in the Efficiency Innovation Award category.

We want to extend our congratulations to Asaleo Care for being recognised as an EPD pioneer and wish them luck at the awards ceremony. See the Sustainable Business Network press release here.


Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles – Final Report

A Life Cycle Analysis report commissioned by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to examine the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) is now available in its final format.

The Life Cycle Analysis was conducted by an international consultancy team of ARUP and Verdant Vision using ISO methodology to assess environmental impacts based on eight different indicators. This is the first EV study undertaken for the New Zealand context, and looks at the impacts of a vehicle across its entire life – from resource extraction to production, use on the road and finally disposal at the end of the vehicle’s life. The final report is available for download here.

Workshop: Water footprinting for NZ primary sector 

Global, national and local water resources are increasingly under pressure in the face of growing demand for food production and economic development around the world.

Can water footprinting support New Zealand’s primary sector companies in differentiating its products in international markets? Join LCANZ and the NZ Life Cycle Management Centre for a one day workshop to explore the issues and opportunities for New Zealand’s primary sector.

When: Friday, 11 November 2016, 09:30 to 16:30
Where: Executive Suite, Massey University, Wellington

Download the full programme and registration details here or for more information contact Sarah McLaren –; 06 3569099 Ex. 84796.

How can we help you? LCANZ website update

We are updating the LCANZ website and want it to work for you, our members. Our dedicated Members area will be used to list corporate members and practitioners. The member entries include a logo, brief description and tags for areas of experience and any business services on offer.

The entries can also link to projects, to provide evidence of past work. If you would like your details included on the website, please email and let us know whether you would like to make a corporate or practitioner entry, or both.

If there are any changes or improvements that you would like to see to the website, please let us know at

LCA for food conference hits Dublin – Sarah McLaren

The 10th International LCA of Food Conference took place at University College Dublin from 19-21 October and was attended by about 340 people including three from New Zealand – Stewart Ledgard, Sandra Payen (AgResearch) and myself.

There were four parallel sessions running for most of the conference, so a wealth of different talks to attend. The topics ranged from LCA case studies of everything from shrimp fishing to plant-based hamburger production to school meals. There were the usual sessions on LCAs of different diets (generally supporting the usual conclusion that meat and dairy products are the food categories making the biggest contribution to dietary environmental impacts), on biodiversity and land use, and on different impact assessment methods.

Just to give you a flavour of the interesting insights that can be gained from attending this type of conference, a couple of studies that I found particularly interesting were:

  • A study on integrating the human health impacts of unhealthy foods into impact assessment which found that this aspect easily dominates the human health impacts of foods (presented in a plenary talk by Professor Olivier Jolliet, University of Michigan).
  • A Product Organisation Footprint for supermarkets, suggesting that the products stocked on the supermarket shelves have the biggest life cycle-based impacts, and so “choice editing” by supermarkets should be part of their sustainability programmes (presented by Dr Sebastian Humbert, Quantis).

Abstracts for all the talks at the conference can be downloaded here. For those interested in LCA and food systems, this conference is well worth attending. The next one in the series will take place in Bangkok from 17-19 October 2018.

Call for impact assessment experts

The UNEP SETAC Life Cycle Initiative is inviting experts to get involved in working groups focusing on the following specific impact assessment topics:

  • Acidification & eutrophication and effect of eco-toxicity
  • Human toxicity (including indoor) and fate of eco-toxicity (+PM)
  • Natural resources, with focus on mineral primary resources
  • Ecosystem services, with initial focus on soil quality (+finalize LU)
  • Cross-cutting LCIA issues
  • Water use impacts (WULCA)

There are two options for getting involved:

  • Agenda members receive documents and have the opportunity to comment
  • Full members are expected to contribute more actively for about six hours per month

If you are interested, fill in an Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

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