Life Cycle Assessment

How Green Is Your Paper? The Answer Isn’t Black or White

That's where the EPN's Paper Calculator comes in.
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For years, people have debated the question of whether paper derived from wood pulp can truly be environmentally friendly. To answer this question, you must consider the sustainability of the source of the wood or other materials used for fiber production, the amount of fiber, water, energy, and other resources used in production, the amount and fate of pollutants generated during the production process, and the potential recyclability or biodegradability of the end product. In short, the entire product life-cycle.

SCS' Stanley Mathuram to Speak at International Sustainable Cities Conference

Science-Based Metrics, Environmental Product Declarations, and More to be Covered
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 9, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Green building professionals, building owners, architects, specifiers and manufacturers convene this coming weekend in San José, Costa Rica, May 17-18, for a conference featuring the latest updates in environmental and sustainability innovation in the building sector.

SCS Named Environmental Certification Specialist of the Year

Among Companies Recognized by Clean Energy Awards Program
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., February 23, 2018 /3BL Media/ - For the second time in a row, SCS Global Services (SCS) has been recognized by Global Energy News under its Clean Energy Awards program.  Last week, SCS was named Environmental Certification Specialist of the Year for 2018.

AIM2Flourish: business Education Meets Business for Good

By Megan Buchter, Operations Manager, AIM2Flourish at Fowler Center for Business
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AIM2Flourish, an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University, prepares the next generation of business leaders to become the most powerful force for doing good while doing well. Learn more here - http://aim2flourish.com

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AIM2Flourish, an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University, prepares the next generation of business leaders to become the most powerful force for doing good while doing well. Learn more here - http://aim2flourish.com

Integrating Ecosystem Impact Assessment into Life Cycle Assessment

Using Big Data for Site-specific Assessment
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This is the second part in a series focused on the groundbreaking Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study completed by SCS Global Services on behalf of Stella McCartney in October 2017. Read my first post in this series, download the full report, or check out our webinar about the study.

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This is the second part in a series focused on the groundbreaking Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study completed by SCS Global Services on behalf of Stella McCartney in October 2017. Read my first post in this series, download the full report, or check out our webinar about the study.

Surprise! What LCA Reveals about the Built Environment and the Circular Economy

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Life cycle assessment (LCA) has gained significant traction in the green building sector as a tool for evaluating the environmental performance of building materials and products, especially since USGBC LEED began recognizing LCA-based Environmental Product Declarations.  As manufacturers and stakeholders have learned, LCA supports t

New Product Category Rule Developed for Roundwood and Pulp/Paper

SCS and Environmental Paper Network Developed New PCR for Wood and Paper
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan 26, 2017 /3BL Media/ – An innovative Product Category Rule (PCR) specifying rules for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) focused on wood and paper has been developed by the North American Environmental Paper Network (EPN), an independent not-for-profit coalition with diverse expertise in forest and paper sustainability issues, and SCS Global Services (SCS), a leader in third-party environmental certification, auditing and standards development.

Leading Green Building Consortium Expands on First Anniversary

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October 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The green building industry’s first and leading consortium of program operators announced today at Greenbuild the addition of two new members and an enhanced technical advisory board. CSA Group is now a member, while thinkstep is the group’s first affiliate member. This marks the first anniversary of the Program Operator Consortium, which launched last year to provide simpler, standardized, and more useful environmental-product transparency solutions and to reduce complexity in the marketplace.

SCS Global Services Joins Consortium Promoting Product Environmental Transparency

SCS Brings In-Depth LCA Expertise to Program Operator Consortium
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EMERYVILLE, CA, Sep 8, 2016 /3BL Media/ – SCS Global Services (SCS), a leading third-party certifier of environmental, social, and quality performance claims, is pleased to announce that it has joined the Program Operator Consortium (POC).  The Consortium is comprised of standards developers and certifiers specializing in the development of Product Category Rules (PCRs) and the certification of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), working together to advan

Clean Cars are Good. Life Cycle Engineering is Better.

Volkswagen improves a car's environmental footprint from research to recycling.
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This is the 7th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

We look to develop products that will make the most efficient possible use of energy, fuel and resources. The Volkswagen Group develops all vehicles and technologies with the goal of improving on the environmental performance of their predecessors. That means for example that every new vehicle generation from the Volkswagen brand must be between 10 and 15% more efficient than its predecessor.

At the same time Volkswagen was also the first automaker to commit to the ambitious goal of reducing its European new-car fleet-average emissions to 95 g CO2/km by 2020.

In order to achieve this, we seek to minimize the environmental impact of our products from the very earliest stages of the development process. In accordance with the Group Environmental Principles Product, we aim to continuously improve our products with particular reference to climate protection, resource conservation and health protection.

We call it “Life Cycle Engineering”. The terms means improving the environmental footprint of the vehicle over its entire life cycle. In the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the environmental impacts of the vehicle are assessed across the full life cycle – from resource extraction, through production and operation to eventual recycling. That´s where Life Cycle Engineering begins.

The figures prove that our product development strategy is making good headway. The average CO2 emissions of our European fleet were reduced from 159 to 128 g CO2/km between 2008 and 2013 (EU 28, including Croatia from July 1, 2013) – a fall of approximately 19%.

A total of 324 model variants emit less than 120 g CO2/km and 54 model variants already emit less than 100 g CO2/km.

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

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This is the 7th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

We look to develop products that will make the most efficient possible use of energy, fuel and resources. The Volkswagen Group develops all vehicles and technologies with the goal of improving on the environmental performance of their predecessors. That means for example that every new vehicle generation from the Volkswagen brand must be between 10 and 15% more efficient than its predecessor.

At the same time Volkswagen was also the first automaker to commit to the ambitious goal of reducing its European new-car fleet-average emissions to 95 g CO2/km by 2020.

In order to achieve this, we seek to minimize the environmental impact of our products from the very earliest stages of the development process. In accordance with the Group Environmental Principles Product, we aim to continuously improve our products with particular reference to climate protection, resource conservation and health protection.

We call it “Life Cycle Engineering”. The terms means improving the environmental footprint of the vehicle over its entire life cycle. In the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the environmental impacts of the vehicle are assessed across the full life cycle – from resource extraction, through production and operation to eventual recycling. That´s where Life Cycle Engineering begins.

The figures prove that our product development strategy is making good headway. The average CO2 emissions of our European fleet were reduced from 159 to 128 g CO2/km between 2008 and 2013 (EU 28, including Croatia from July 1, 2013) – a fall of approximately 19%.

A total of 324 model variants emit less than 120 g CO2/km and 54 model variants already emit less than 100 g CO2/km.

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

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