LCAworks’ report on indirect land use change quoted in Politico article:

Written: January 25th, 2019 | Category: LCAworks General

Paola Tammaeu writes in "EU farmers would benefit from a phase-out of imported crops, as they would face less competition. A report commissioned by the French oilseed supply chain association Terres Univia found that palm oil produced in Malaysia and Indonesia and soy produced in Argentina and Brazil is grown at the expense of forests — unlike soy imported from China and the U.S., and rapeseed produced in the EU."

For further information, please contact Grahame Buss.

LCAworks’ Dr Jeremy Woods Presents at UK Land Energy NexuS (LENS) Workshop

Written: October 6th, 2014 | Category: LCAworks General

LCAworks’ Dr Jeremy Woods presented at the UK Land Energy NexuS (LENS) workshop, 30th September and 1st October at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Dr Woods presentation, “Environmental and socio-cultural issues of large scale deployment of bioenergy production in the UK” explored a range of issues potentially impacting the deployment of large-scale biomass production in the UK.

The workshop brought  together stakeholders involved in land, bioenergy and natural resource management from research/academia, industry (including agriculture) civil society groups and government agencies to discuss the current position of UK land and energy interactions and the implication for future land use, food production, environmental sustainability and socio-cultural services. The outcome of the workshop will be a white paper based on presentations and discussions triggered by an initial proposal for an integrated systems analysis of energy and land in the UK.

For further information, please contact Dr Jeremy Woods.

Professor Richard Murphy is Appointed Director of The Centre for Environmental Studies, University of Surrey

Written: June 4th, 2014 | Category: LCAworks General

LCAworks’ Richard Murphy has been appointed as director of the Centre for Environmental Studies at University of Surrey. Professor Richard Murphy took over the role of Director on 1 June 2014, having joined the Centre at the beginning of 2013.

As he takes over as head of the University’s Centre for Environmental Strategy, Professor Murphy has a strong vision for its future role, which will include focusing even more closely on the links between sustainability and lifestyles. This will continue the internationally renowned work at Surrey by Professor Tim Jackson and colleagues, for example in RESOLVE (Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment) and the SLRG (Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group).

Professor Murphy says, “I think one of the tremendous strengths of CES is that it integrates people from natural science and engineering backgrounds with those from a social sciences background. By having conversations between these disciplines, we are able to look at sustainability not just as a set of policies or technology solutions but as something that needs to influence behaviours.

“Ever since the Centre was set up by Professor Roland Clift some 23 years ago – one of the first of its kind in a UK university – there’s been an awareness that you need both dimensions to effect real change.

The appointment is expected to strengthen LCAworks’ links with Surrey and increase opportunities for potential collaboration.


LCAworks receives €20k KIC funding from Aqdot

Written: April 15th, 2014 | Category: Lifecycle assessment

LCAworks will carry out a project for Aqdot, a spin-out company based on the cutting-edge research of the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, which has developed novel fabrication technology for smart capsules that possess customisable properties to suit the needs of a variety of industries. The project will be funded from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s “Climate KIC”.

The project will take a preliminary look at how to optimise and value the greenhouse gas (GHG) saving potential of Aqdot’s technology.

The funding will be used to support the development of data, methodologies and modelling tools, which will support AQdot’s strategy of building low carbon performance into its business.


LCAworks receives €50k KIC funding from Hydrodec

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.


LCAworks becomes a partner in EIT’s Climate KIC

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.”


Making our offices greener

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
Wimbledon Park
SW19 8AE

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".


LCAworks seeks funding for anaerobic digestion - lifecycle assessment

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).


Can the UK use biomass for power generation?

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.


"Science Insights for Biofuel Policy" published by LCAworks

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.


LCAworks launches new 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.