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Making an LCA in 1 Hour – How to Get Going with Umberto

September 19, 2013  

SimaPro and GaBi are the most commonly used software tools to conduct a professional life cycle assessment. There is, however, a third solution in this field, one that is capable of not only calculating product life cycles, but also modeling and improving entire production systems. That integrative solution is called Umberto. While Umberto's extensive feature list may have initially confused some ...

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    Top-Notch Sustainability Practitioner Gathering: Umberto User Workshop in Essen, Sept 11/12, 20 ...
    August 7, 2013  

    When the only way to implement a satisfactory future in human development is holistic thinking about sustainability, why is it that we so rarely happen to come across aids for realizing this mindset? Well, it's a good question, but they actually do appear from time to time. An outstanding example every year is practitioners from business and academia coming together at the umberto user workshop to showcase their manifold ways of tackling sustainability and efficiency challenges. In their respective companies and research projects, they each face all sorts of questions concerning their many dif...

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    5 Steps towards Maximum Resource Efficiency Part 2: Material Flow Modeling, MFCA and LCA Made E ...
    June 4, 2013  

    Last week, I introduced you to the first three steps small and medium-sized companies need to take to increase their resource efficiency to a maximum. Today, you'll find the last two of the five steps involved in making the most use of material flow modeling. Step 4: Calculate Product Costs Related to Material Loss Broken down to one product, how much do my materials cost? That's an appropriate question. In addition, material flow cost accounting can determine how much material is “lost” in every single process and every possible material cost. Viere et al.: From the perspective of resource...

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    5 Steps towards Maximum Resource Efficiency: Material Flow Modeling Made Easy
    May 29, 2013    2 Comments

    When calculating and reducing business-related environmental effects, two different approaches are traditionally taken. There is the product centered concept on the one hand, and the production centered one on the other. A typical product-centered approach is the carbon footprint, for instance. The second category focuses on the emissions of the entire production process, usually found in sustainability reports or environmental certifications of production plants, e.g. EMAS or ISO 14001. Actually, this differentiation between product and production is quite arbitrary because products and pro...

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    Discovering All Environmental Effects: How Life Cycle Assessment with LCA Software Works
    March 26, 2013    1 Comment

    Environmental effects are extremely complex, that’s why they’re impossible to measure, so let’s not bother about them too much and keep producing and consuming the way we have over the past 100 years! Why should we change that anyway? Isn’t the GDP still growing after all? Don’t we lead a comfortable good life? Even though this approach may seem strikingly ignorant to some of you, it appears to be common sense among mainstream business people and a general majority in most societies. And, yes, everything is complex indeed: the supply chains of global retailers, the climate, the just-in-time...

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    How to Invent the Right Institution to Cut Resource Conflicts
    March 11, 2013  

    Can you resist the impetus coming from a 234 page report that has the promising title “Resource Futures” and boasts a beautiful Sankey diagram on the front page? See, I couldn't either. But before you expect a concise summary here, you had better be warned. I'm deeply sorry, but the report's giant scope of analyzing all the major resource flows in all of the world's bigger countries, including their trade and actual trends, just exceeds what fits in the odd blog article. Scanning the first 20 pages yourself wouldn't pose too much of a threat to convenience, though, since they're already pretty...

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    When Oil Majors Embrace Material Flow Analysis, New Hope for a Sustainable 21st Century Arises
    February 18, 2013  

    There are manifold approaches to close the apparent gap between a shrinking resource base on the one hand and the ever rising human resource demand on the other. For the longest time, the world's big industrial players have followed a strategy to successfully ignore the former, since environmental and social costs were merely negligible external effects. We could call this approach a procrastinating one, because it is future generations who are forced to deal with the outcomes of today's ignorance. In the course of the last 20 years, however, corporate giants have shifted their strategy. It ...

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    To Recycle or Not to Recycle – PVC Cable Waste is the Question
    July 9, 2012    7 Comments

    Recycling – it’s the magic word when the ill-informed think “environmental friendliness”. “Recyclable” – the number one green term that doesn’t mean a thing. Of course, as long as you put enough energy into a process, you can recycle virtually anything. The issue, the uncomfortable drawback that sits behind the pleasant sheen, the little itch you feel when you start thinking things through, is the inevitable truth of energy input. Yes, producing stuff requires energy. And yes, recycling, too, really does require energy! Material savings are easy to outline, but the key to a true environmental ...

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    Program Highlights at ACHEMA 2012: What Not to Miss at the Green Processes Industry Conference
    June 17, 2012  

    Green chemistry is a relatively young science in its own respect. Interest in this subject, however, is growing rapidly and, although no concerted agreement has been reached as yet about the exact content and limits of this interdisciplinary field, there appears to be increasing interest in umpteen environmental topics, which are based on chemistry embodied in this subject. To the pleasant surprise of all, this increased understanding of the principles that are the backbone of green chemistry has spurred many outstanding efforts to implement chemical processes and innovative technologies that ...

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    Material Flow Based Process Systems Engineering
    November 25, 2011    1 Comment

    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 systems engineering. It was published in the December issue of Computers and Chemical Engineering and is titled "Identification of economic potentials in production processes: An industrial case study". The paper describes the approach used by BASF to process-systems engineering and, in particular, to assess process improvements and innovations. Are you wondering why I’m enthusiastic about this paper although it sounds rather technocratic, if no...

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    Refining Material Flow Analysis: The Arising of Input-Output Economics
    October 20, 2011  

    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 changes and monitor the progress of our societies. Is what proclamed Paul Cheung exactly one year ago. Paul Cheung is United Nations Statistics Division's director, and one year ago was the first world statistics day. So, resuming Cheung's message, statistics answer three purposes: informing policies, promoting changes and monitoring societal progress. In the age of a shrinking resource base and a pressing need to fight global warming, the task...

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    Information and Interaction – Social Media in an “analogue way”: LCM and Umberto User Workshop ...
    August 26, 2011  

    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 the most important topics within industrial production today, as it covers both environmental and economic questions. In the pre-sustainability-era, the public discussion on life cycles was mainly focused on typical management models like Boston Consulting's four steps: product development, production, use and degeneration. Due to that perspective, companies spent most attention and money to product development. But times have changed. Or should ...

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