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Celebrate a Carbon Neutral Christmas!
Anyone not noticed it? Yes, of course, it is December – another annual epidemic of Christmas euphoria has spread, threatening to wipe out the last bit…
ecoinvent – The Swiss Army Knife of LCA Background Databases
Background databases can be very convenient when you assess all of the impacts a product or a service has on the environment. Such an assessment is…
Terminating the End-of-Pipe Era by Simple Means of Process Optimization
In the course of the last three decades, more and more voices have called for cleaner industry. Today, 20 years after the legendary Rio summit, the…
Material Flow Based Process Systems Engineering
I have been waiting for this for far too long, but finally it has been written and it deserves your attention: a paper on advanced material flow based…
Students Often Responsible for Changes
It’s international Students‘ day today. This day has a long history as well as impacts and scale of student movements. As some kind of intellectual…
Encouraging Ecological Forest Management
The inventor of sustainability, says the legend, was Hans Carl von Carlowitz, a mining administrator, who called for a sustainable use of forests. In…
French Environmental Labeling – Industrial Experience Feedback
EVEA Conseil is a French Umberto partner and a leading consultancy firm for Life Cycle Assessment and Ecodesign. The LCA project described in this…
Exploring the Environmental Effects of Electric Cars
Can you imagine the weight of 1.8 billion tonnes? I can’t. I can only try to put this number in relation to others. 1.8 billion tonnes, that’s the…
3 Precise Perspectives on Corporate Carbon Footprints
As business consultant in the field of sustainability, I would like to share with you three findings that I made in Central and South America, working…
Food Footprints: Subjective Consumer Perception vs. Profound LCA Data
Today is World Vegan Day. Vegans are people ethically very consequent. Even more consequent than vegetarians. Vegans don’t eat products that derive…
Ecology’s Step Child – We Need Water Footprints!
Assessing environmental effects of human activity is something we become more and more familiar with. If you consider yourself an eco-friendly person,…
Refining Material Flow Analysis: The Arising of Input-Output Economics
We can be proud of the great wealth of reliable, good quality data that are being produced every day all over the world to inform policies, promote…
Getting started … success factors for collaboration between Universities and Corporations on sustainability projects
A typical situation: Let’s say his name is Michael, working for a medium sized production company, trained as an engineer and responsible for running…
Carbon Neutral Cities (2) – 3 Ways to Assess a City’s Emissions
Two weeks ago, in part one of this article, we got an idea of the measures that are being taken to reduce urban carbon footprints. Claiming to reduce…
Productivity, Efficiency and Quality
Productivity is probably the main keyword in growth theory. Expressed as a mathematical function it describes the proportion between increases in…
4 Alternatives to Waste Disposal – Increasing Your SMB’s Resource Efficiency
It is no secret, that the Earth’s resource base is on a declining track. In the 1970s, the Club of Rome started to rivet public attention towards…
Effectively Managing Greenhouse Gases – Worldwide
Do companies have a conscience to fight global warming and manage their greenhouse gas emissions? They should have, if we all want to limit the global…
Carbon Neutral Cities – Where? When? How?
The city of Seattle recently announced a new goal for 2050: Achieving complete carbon neutrality. What measures are taken? What other efforts are made…
Celebrations, come on, let’s celebrate and have a good time. And don’t think about tomorrow…?
Do you know what day today is? Yes, it is google’s 13th birthday. But this is not what I want to write about. Today is Earth Overshoot Day, hooray!…
“Just One Indicator, Please”: PUMA’s Environmental Profit and Loss Statement
Recently, the sports brand PUMA released a preliminary version of their “unprecedented” environmental profit and loss statement which reveals no…
What’s What: Understanding the ISO 14000 Family Of Standards
Back in the year 1987, the International Organization for Standardization introduced a number of norms known as the ISO 9000 series. For the first…
Kuznets and Kondratieff or Tunneling through the Curve
At the LCM in Berlin I was impressed by the speech of Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. Within his presentation he described the current situation and…
Social Media Users Willing to Pay More when Company is Responsible
Social media users are more ethically and environmentally aware, in relation to their pattern of consumption. This is the conclusion we can draw from…
Transparency and Saving Potentials
When I read about “transparency” in the context of sustainability or sustainability management the term mostly is referring to reporting to and…
Life Cycle Management 2011 – Personal Field Report
Last week I was at the LCM 2011 in Berlin – the biggest conference of its kind, with nearly 600 attendees. For sure, Life Cycle Management has great…
Biomass Lagging Behind Prospering Wind and Solar Markets
The newest Country Attractiveness Index for Renewable Energy, conducted by Ernst & Young, rates China the most attractive country for investments in…
Energy Efficiency, Policy Problem Child No.1
20% reduction of greenhouse gases until 2020 – We’re on the right track. 20% renewable energy – Almost there. More than likely, the two first of the…
Waste Prevention vs. Recycling – Analyzing Material Flow Accounts
Why should we even bother about recycling, when we could prevent waste in the first place? Well, according to the following study, published in May…
Information and Interaction – Social Media in an “analogue way”: LCM and Umberto User Workshop in Berlin
Two important events upcoming this week: From Sunday 28th August on, the Life Cycle Management takes place in Berlin. Life Cycle Management is one of…
Key Elements for your Sustainable Social Media Strategy
From a corporate perspective, the relevance of Social Media within a Sustainability Strategy has been rising step by step over the last years.…

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