On 11th September 2019, the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) at the University of York held a one-day symposium titled “Sustainability Metrics: Tracking, Measuring and Reporting Responsible Innovation”. This was the second “Sustainability Metrics” symposium held at the GCCE as part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020-funded STAR-ProBio research project.
The aim of the symposium was to give researchers the opportunity to discuss their use of green chemistry metrics and other toolkits, to assess the sustainability of their research, and to encourage discussions and future collaborations between academic and industrial researchers. A total of 25 delegates, from academia and industry across the UK and Europe, attended the event with speakers from the University of Sheffield, University of York, Drax, Croda, CO2Chem, OWS Limited, Pré Sustainability and Novamont in attendance.
The symposium included oral presentations from academic and industrial researchers, including Dr Francesco Razza and Dr Kadambari Lokesh from the STAR-ProBio project.
On the 5th of September, our colleagues Sergio Ugarte, Deniz Koca, Matthias Grill, Mathilde Crepy, Beike Sumfleth and Enrico Balugani have successfully conducted in Göteborg the STAR-ProBio Summer School “Sustainability certification and market uptake of bio-based products. Focus on the construction sector” as part of the EIT Climate-KIC Summer School on wood construction in climate change mitigation https://learning.climate-kic.org/en/courses/phd-catapult/wood-construction-in-climate-change-mitigation#introduction.
They have trained 20 PhD students from different EU Universities in the importance and developments of standards and certification schemes for assessing the sustainability of bio-based products used in the construction industry.
The STAR-ProBio 4th newsletter has been published!
You can read it here, or click here to download it as PDF.
STAR-ProBio is organising (jointly with the LIFECAB project) its 2nd international workshop, which will take place within the 24th edition of the EURAS Conference in Rome on the 14th of June.
Click here to download the agenda of the event.
The updated version of the Italian bioeconomy strategy has just been published!
Among other things, the document highlights the importance of promoting the use of sustainability standards, certification schemes and labels to support the bio-based market and the creation of a ‘level playing field’ between bio-based products and conventional products.
In this regard, the strategy explicitly refers to STAR-ProBio and the work it is conducting. A great result for our project!
Click here to download the updated version of the document.
A 3-day meeting took place in Leipzig to achieve the results expected within the WP7. The participants from Unibo, DBFZ, TUB, ECOS, USC and UWM worked together on how to assess the ILUC risk of bio-based products, define mitigation options to reduce it and identify a proper methodology for policy recommendations.
Fabiane Salles Ferro, Diogo Aparecido Lopes Silva, Felipe Hideyoshi Icimoto, Francisco Antonio Rocco Lahr, Sara González-García
Pine (Pinus oocarpa) wood has great economic importance in Brazil. Pine stands represent the second largest reforested area in the country due to their industrial interest. Combining the relevance of industrial pine stands in the country and corresponding environmental concerns, this current study aims to identify and quantify the environmental impacts derived from industrial pine roundwood production in Brazil. The environmental study was developed considering the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology according to ISO14040 framework. The study convers the life cycle of pine roundwood production from cradle-to-forest gate perspective and considers the current practices in the country. The production system was divided in five main stages: Soil preparation, seedlings plantation, forest management, forest harvesting and infrastructure establishment. The environmental profile was estimated considering characterization factors from the ReCiPe method, in terms of twelve impact categories. According to the results, forest harvesting stage was identified as the environmental hotspot being the main responsible of contributions to nine impact categories under assessment with contributing ratios ranging from 21% (e.g., freshwater eutrophication) to 76% (e.g., photochemical oxidants formation). The high amount of fossil fuel required by heavy machinery used in the activities involved in this stage is behind this result. Soil preparation stage reported also an outstanding contribution in categories such as freshwater eutrophication (37%) and toxicity related categories (≈35%). The rationale behind these contributions is associated with the use of chemical fertilizers, mostly superphosphate. The identification of the environmental hotspots in forest biomass production can assist the Brazilian forest practitioners to improve the environmental profile by means of the optimization of forest practices.
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