Written: March 28th, 2013 | Category: Lifecycle assessment
LCAworks will carry out a project for Hydrodec Group plc ("Hydrodec"), the cleantech industrial oil re-refining group (AIM: HYR), to help it optimise the low carbon potential of its business. The project will be funded from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s “Climate KIC”.
The project will look at how to optimise and value the greenhouse gas (GHG) saving potential of Hydrodec’s proprietary, highly efficient oil re-refining and chemical process which is being initially targeted at the multi-billion US$ market for transformer oil used by the world's electricity industry.
The funding will be used to support the development of data, methodologies and modelling tools, which will support Hydrodec’s on-going strategy of building low carbon performance into its business and maximizing the market value for GHG emission reductions brought about through its technology and business operations.
The work will also have potential to support growth of other low carbon businesses in the future.
Written: September 18, 2012 | Category: LCAworks
LCAworks has been accepted as an SME partner to the EIT’s “Climate KIC”. The Climate KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The aim of the Climate KIC is to accelerate and stimulate innovation in climate change mitigation and adaptation, by integrating a network of European partners from the private, public and academic sectors. The KIC’s activities are driven by four high-level themes of climate change and aims to provide new solutions by education, innovation and entrepreneurship, operating across Europe through co-location centres and regions.
Mark Akhurst, LCAworks MD said “This opens up a great opportunity for us to work with a wider range of clients and partners from across Europe, to help businesses apply low carbon thinking and analysis to their corporate development strategies.”
Written: Jul 1, 2012 | Category: LCAworks
LCAworks is relocating it offices to Wimbledon Park. The new offices will be located at:
The Glass House
177-187 Arthur Road
Mark Akhurst, MD said “the new location will be more convenient for our networking with Imperial College and help cut down commuting time for our directors and associates".
Written: Apr 26, 2012 | Category: Lifecycle assessment
LCAworks’ Dr Richard Murphy joined a discussion panel at the Annual Spring Forum of the UK “Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association“(ADBA).
Dr Murphy made the case for developing sector-specific guidance for lifecycle assessment in the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector. The guidance would facilitate more consistent life cycler assessment of AD projects and processes and would therefore allow the AD industry to more accurately and more consistently quantify its environmental benefits, thereby optimizing commercial value in the future, as environmental performance becomes ever more important in business. LCAworks is seeking funding for a project to begin developing the sector guidance and the proposed project was well received at the meeting, receiving verbal support from members of both ADBA and WRAP (the Waste and Recycling Action Programme).
Written: Nov 30, 2011 | Category: Biomass
LCAworks has published a detailed report exploring the availability of sustainable biomass for use in UK power generation.
The work, which was carried out in collaboration with Drax Power Limited, concludes that there is a significant biomass potential for electricity generation with the ultimate longer term goal for the UK being the development of biomass plant linked to CCS which would provide negative carbon emissions - the only technology to do so. It is likely that, without significant volume of biomass coupled to CCS, meeting the UK’s 80% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target by 2050 will be almost impossible.
The final report on the work can be downloaded in pdf format from the LCAworks website.
Written: June 29, 2011 | Category: Biofuels
LCAworks has published the second in its series of “Science Insights for Biofuel Policy”, looking at the global potentials of feedstocks for biofuel production.
The work, carried out in collaboration with Imperial College’s Porter Institute concludes that there is significant published and peer reviewed research suggesting that sufficient feedstock will exist to replace up to 25-30% of global transport fuels with biofuel by 2050.
The publication can be downloaded in pdf format from the LCAworks website.
Written: Aug 7, 2011 | Category: Website
LCAworks has recently launched a new website as part of its aim to help business measure its impact on the environment.
The new site includes an overview of LCAworks' structure, as well as information regarding its working practices, which include Carbon footprinting, Sustainability analysis and R&D proposals & programmes.
"The new website is a portal which offers useful and detailed information, relevant to a number of companies that are now taking a closer look at the way they do business. Users include potential clients, from both the business and policy worlds.", said Mark Akhurst of LCAworks.
One of LCAworks' aims is to help address the Biofuel debate. Its publications give an impartial and concise analysis of the scientific
and policy context in which the debate takes place.