Mar 20, 2011

Forbo Flooring: GaBi i-report pushes product development and process improvements

“PE’s Life Cycle Assessment software is the base for our green development and evaluating our environmental impacts with our focus on reducing the CO2 emissions and the related irreversible climate change caused by global warming.”

Forbo Flooring, one of the world’s leading flooring system manufacturers, has long been committed to improving environmental performance and has commissioned many peer reviewed LCA and benchmark studies. Forbo recently decided to form an internal LCA team to take on the role of building knowledge in house and allowing more individuals, within the organisation, to get involved with the LCA process.

Fred Seifert states: “GaBi software will enable us to further drive down the environmental impacts associated with the entire life cycle of our products and processes by providing us with the information that we need to identify areas for improvement. The GaBi i-report in particular will allow us to push product development and innovation based on environmental performance information.”

Mar 19, 2011

PE opens office in Switzerland

Sustainability management, both on a product and on a corporate level, is steadily becoming an essential element of today’s business strategy. To service the growing number of clients in Switzerland, PE is pleased to announce that we have opened the doors of a new office in Zurich.

Annette Koehler, newly appointed Managing Director of the Swiss subsidiary has 10 years of experience in the field of life cycle assessment and sustainability management. Annette has collaborated with numerous companies from various industrial sectors, international organizations (e.g. WBCSD, UNEP) and authorities and research institutes in the international arena.

Prior to joining PE INTERNATIONAL, Annette worked as lecturer and senior scientist at ETH Zurich and as sales and marketing manager of the ecoinvent Center. Annette´s primary mission will be to help develop the sustainability of businesses in Switzerland and to establish PE’s solution cluster for water footprinting, both on the strategic corporate and product level, using her international leadership position in this field.

Mar 18, 2011

First “Gold” for EGGERs Romanian office building

Egger has received a DGNB Gold certificate for its office in Radauti. It is one of the first projects to be conducted under the Austrian DGNB scheme. The building received a score of 84 % and is the first gold-certified building in Romania.

The Austrian office of PE INTERNATIONAL undertook the audit. Prior to this, PE had collaborated with EGGER to produce Environmental Product Declarations for numerous of EGGER’s building products which, in turn, provided essential support for the certification process

Mar 17, 2011

Helping Tesco drive 30% cut in supply chain emissions by 2020

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PE INTERNATIONAL is supporting UK retail giant Tesco in a major project to drive sustainability in its supply chain and help it play a leading role in the transition to a low carbon economy.

PE INTERNATIONAL is working with Tesco’s climate change team to reduce the carbon footprint of the retail giant’s supply chain by 30 percent by 2020. Tesco has set itself this ambitious target having found that the carbon emissions in its supply chain were approximately ten times bigger than the direct emissions of Tesco itself.

As the third-largest retailer in the world, Tesco aims to lead a revolution in green consumption through working with its suppliers and helping its customers to play their part too. So along with the 30 percent reduction in supply chain emissions Tesco wants to halve its direct emissions from existing and new buildings by 2020 and also help its customers halve their carbon footprint in the same period.

The project to reduce carbon emissions in the supply chain sees PE working closely with Tesco to assess supplier information, provide support and drive the sustainability project within selected commercial teams of Tesco, as well as through direct supplier engagement.

The pilot phase of the project, which commenced in September 2010, involves three product groups: milk, canned foods and wine. PE is building awareness and understanding of sustainability among the buyers and technical managers responsible for each of these groups to establish Carbon Footprinting as a major issue in business activities with suppliers in future.

Working with Tesco category directors and buying teams, PE’s first challenge is identifying and defining the ‘hotspots’ in each of these product categories where most of the carbon emissions occur so that the emission reduction effort can be focused where it is most effective.

Then using its deep knowledge and technical understanding of best practices in specific categories, PE identifies and evaluates both industry level and company level best practices. It examines not only their effectiveness at reducing carbon but also how easy they would be to transfer between different suppliers.

The next challenge is engaging and motivating suppliers to reduce their product emissions. Suppliers have multiple questions and may even challenge Tesco’s targets, so PE is working closely together with Tesco in finding the best approach to effectively motivate suppliers to see the benefits of carbon reduction and take effective measures to implement them into their businesses.

On completion of this pilot phase, which is expected in the next couple of months, the plan is to roll out the project to all of Tesco’s product groups, taking onboard the lessons learned from the pilot

Implementing carbon emissions reduction programmes in a supply chain is both complex and challenging; getting it wrong will put a company’s reputation at risk. PE INTERNATIONAL’s extensive experience helps partner organisations such as Tesco to address each aspect of this complexity in a thorough, technically powerful yet pragmatic way to manage those risks and deliver results. This leads to cost savings, carbon savings, improved reputation and a legacy of a better capability to drive carbon and cost out of supply chains in a collaborative yet rigorous way for the future.

Commenting on PE INTERNATIONAL’s role in the project to reduce supply chain emissions, Louise Willington of Tesco’s climate change team says: “Tesco wants to take a leadership role which means setting ambitious targets, changing the way we do business on every level of the organization. We think there are multiple benefits for our business, the environment, our suppliers and our customers.
As with anything new there are always challenges. This is pioneering work and we required a knowledgeable partner to help us carry out the work in the right time frame. PE INTERNATIONAL was able to grasp the complexity of the project and use its experience when looking at the challenges faced by Tesco. Its expertise is helping towards giving us a holistic picture to guide our road map for the next few years.”

Mar 16, 2011

PE INTERNATIONAL becomes CDP gold partner and launches CarbonExplorer

PE INTERNATIONAL has signed a gold partnership agreement with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the leading independent registry for climate change information. PE INTERNATIONAL has been working with the CDP since September 2009 and the gold partnership will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations.  For the growing number of companies participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project PE INTERNATIONAL has launched the SoFi CarbonExplorer solution. SoFi CarbonExplorer enables clients to develop a high-performance carbon management and reporting program quickly and in a cost-effective way. The new solution combines the proven carbon management capabilities of the SoFi Software solution with PE’s leading carbon consulting to help clients overcome challenges such as resource constraints, lack of internal expertise and dispersed incomplete greenhouse gas emissions data. With the easy and secure web access SoFi CarbonExplorer enables an easy start for a solid carbon management program that supports strategic company objectives.

Learn more about SoFi CarbonExplorer

Mar 15, 2011

New report ranks PE as Enterprise Energy and Carbon Accounting Leader

On February 8, 2011, Groom Energy Solutions released its report entitled “The 2011 Enterprise Energy and Carbon Accounting (EECA) Software Market -- A Buyers Guide”. The report evaluates 75 vendors across several dimensions to determine the strength of the technology and of the company. The main focus was on customer deployments and quality of customer references, along with the solution capabilities for carbon management and energy management.

“We selected PE INTERNATIONAL as a 2011 EECA leader for the fourth time in our report because the capabilities of the SoFi Software solution reflect the 20 years of sustainability domain expertise and market insight of the company, “ said Paul Baier, Vice President Consulting at Groom Energy Solutions.  “The large number of new customer deployments in various sectors and regions confirms the ability of PE INTERNATIONAL to provide enterprise sustainability solutions that deliver superior business value for its clients.”

Mar 14, 2011

New whitepaper about the environmental performance of chemical products

The environmental benefits of chemical products are often unknown to the public. PE newest Whitepaper describes the pathways for quantifying and improving of the environmental performance and shows how to choose the right option.

Read more about it in PE’s new whitepaper.

Mar 13, 2011

Making sustainability measurable – Rhein-Galerie certified with Gold status

Located in Ludwigshafen, Germany the 220 million euro Rhein-Galerie Shopping Mall is a building at the cutting edge of sustainable construction and operation.

PE INTERNATIONAL was involved in the planning phase and as advisory support throughout the certification process which led to the Rhein-Galerie receiving its Gold status for sustainability.

A life cycle assessment (LCA) screening study was undertaken for the pre-certification stage followed by a detailed calculation upon completion of the building. The assessments were carried out using GaBi 4 and GaBi Build-it, the new PE building LCA tool.

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) certification scheme defines sustainable buildings across six fields with a catalogue of some 60 criteria, weighted in accordance to their importance. Points are granted against each criterion according to the performance of the building. In order to reach Gold status, buildings must score at least 80 percent. The building LCA results can contribute as much as 13 % of the overall rating.

Mar 11, 2011

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe presents Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe is the first manufacturer to document the environmental performance of its products for the building envelope in such a comprehensive way. The Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) cover the company's full range of single-skin elements and sandwich panels for facades, roofs and walls. The company produces the steel construction elements in its Color/Construction business unit.

EPDs make the environmental performance of building products and building materials transparent. More and more architects and building designers are specifying these declarations so that they can achieve optimum sustainability even in the product selection phase. The EPDs for the construction elements comply with ISO standard 14025 and were prepared in association with PE INTERNATIONAL.

The EPDs document and quantify environmental impacts over the full product life cycle, from raw material production to recycling: They include direct environmental factors such as effects on climate, air, water and soil, as well as health and safety aspects in production and processing. The composition of the rigid foams and mineral wools used for the sandwich panels is examined in the same way as the environmental impacts caused by product packaging and transportation.

The "Clever little bags" by Puma are now available in North America and Europe

The "Clever little bag" from Puma replaces their old shoebox. It takes 65% less paper to make and reduces water, energy, and diesel consumption during manufacturing by over 60% a year. It also reduces the carbon emissions by 10,000 tons a year. It is now available in select stores in North America and Europe and with select products in Fall 2010.

The LCA-report "Life Cycle Assessment of different shoe packaging design" conducted by PE Americas can be downloaded on the Puma website.