Towards the standardization of European LCA

EeBGuide Project

The “EeBGuide” was a project co-funded by the EU in 2011 under the Seventh Framework Programme and European initiative E2B EI (Operational guidance for Life Cycle Assessment studies of the Energy Efficient Buildings Initiative). This was developed as a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) aimed at coordinating or supporting research activities and policies and was carried out by a group of international experts. Below we will analyse in more detail the objectives and most significant results of this project, among which was a more widespread use of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment). Continue reading

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What is World Environment Day?

What is WED?World Environment Day (‘WED’) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action and is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In fact, 5 June was the day that the seminal United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began in Stockholm (this ran from 5–16 June 1972). The first World Environment Day was in 1973 and it is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme. Continue reading

Biogas: lights and shadows of a promising technology

By Mario A. Rosato

Biogas Plant in SwedenLike any other technology, anaerobic digestion is good in itself but unfortunately EU policies and some local lobbies have in many cases created a fertile soil for speculation to grow about its potential. Beyond this political polemic and ideological dogma, experience has proven that only biogas plants designed and managed with rational criteria can help the environment, the community and the economy at the same time. The following decalogue (ten commandments) may be of help to anybody wishing to invest in a biogas plant and obtain a sustainable return on the investment:

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

World Wetlands Leaflet 2014Morass, quag, quagmire, slack, bog, peat bog, mire, swamp – just some of the different names for different types of wetland – none of which evoke positive images for most people. Frequently represented as dangerous, menacing places sheltering dangerous creatures; uncontrolled places of mystery, supernatural evil and repositories of disease; and in literature, where the anti-hero often comes to a decidedly sticky end – wetlands have had a distinctly bad press.

An alternative view is that of romantic places of refuge and remnant wilderness of exceptional beauty and shelter for spectacular and rare wildlife. Continue reading