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New South Wales Chapter

ALCAS NSW Chapter Update (see below)

 

Next ALCAS NSW Chaper Event
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Future Events

The NSW chapter of ALCAS holds events focused around specific themes on the third Thursday of every other month.  Meetings are intended to be informal and participatory, with emphasis given to question and answer time, rather than long presentations.

The intention for future events is to focus either on outreach to industry and government, or strong debate and discussion amongst LCA practitioners.

Proposed ideas for discussion include Environmental Claims and the ACCC, AGIC, Unit Process versus Input / Output Analysis and Intellectual Property.

Further suggestions for topics are welcome or if you would like to get involved and / or join the ALCAS NSW mailing list, please email: monique.cornish@erm.com

You can also join us on LinkedIn by clicking here.

The NSW Chapter Organising Committee members are:

  • Monique Cornish;
  • Hazel Rowley; and
  • Nigel Howard.

Get in touch with any of us if you have ideas or suggestions.

History and Past Events

The NSW Chapter was formed on 3 February 2011. We have held various Chapter Events across Sydney which have been hosted by LCA consultancies and industry trade associations.

           October 2012 hosted by Vodaphone Australia we learnt about their handset eco rating
           system. 

         July 2012 A tale of Two T-shirts - performance and then discussion at Patagonia.      
         Thanks to Patagonia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for a memorable 
         event.  see www.patagonia.com/us/common-threads/) and learn how NSW businesses can
         improve the sustainability of their operations and products with the assistance of the
         Sustainability Advantage Program 
        www.environment.nsw.gov.au/sustainbus/sustainabilityadvantage.htm).

          19 April 2012 - "Standardising ecolabel and EPD programs in the Australian building and
          construction sector". Herve Michoux and Amy Luscombe gave us an overview of what 
          National Standards and the standardisation initiative is all about, what it hopes to achieve,
          and how LCA practitioners can get involved.

16 February 2012 – “LCA Going Global: the LCA work of Walmart and the Sustainability Consortium”. Speaker: Jonas Bengtsson, Edge Environment.  Hosted by Edge Environment. 

8 December 2011 – “Energy, Resource Efficiency and Sustainability in Manufacturing.”  Speaker: Associate Professor Sami Kara, Life Cycle Engineering and Management Research Group, UNSW.  Sponsored by Office of Environment and Heritage, hosted by UNSW, and supported by EIANZ NSW Chapter. 

15 September 2011 – Hosted by Energetics. Speakers: Peter Holt, Energetics, and Lachlan Feggans, Fuji Xerox.

14 July  2011 – Hosted by Timber Development Association (TDA).  Speakers: Stephen Mitchell, TDA, and Nigel Howard, Edge Environment.

28 April  2011 – Hosted by Environmental Resources Management (ERM).  Speakers: Django Seccombe, Sydney Water, and Monique Cornish, ERM.

3 February 2011 – Hosted by Edge Environment.

 

New South Wales - ALCAS Chapter Update

July Event: Patagonia End-of-Life Scenarios

The NSW Chapter have been busy since the last ALCAS update!  Our July event was held in conjunction with Patagonia and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), and saw 150 people fill the newly opened Patagonia store in Sydney’s CBD to hear about the different factors that contribute to the overall sustainability of a cotton T-Shirt.

As well as enjoying the hospitality provided by Patagonia and Mountain Goat Brewery, the crowd were treated to a Green Off, where two members of the audience argued the case for the sustainability of their cotton T-Shirt (special thanks to our actors Sally and Umesh).  The sins of greenwashing were avoided thanks to our LCA-Referee (Ben Kneppers).   

Tom Gell, Manager of Patagonia Sydney, shared some insights into the sustainability initiatives undertaken at Patagonia, including the recently launched Common Treads programme, which allows customers to return used Patagonia jackets to stores for reuse or recycling, which does make a significant contribution to the overall footprint of the clothing (for more information see www.patagonia.com/us/common-threads/).  Many of us were also left wondering what Macquarie Street would be like if more CEO’s embraced Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard’s ethos of Let My People Go Surfing.

Finally, Karinne Taylor from OEH provided some thoughts as to how local business can improve the sustainability of their operations and products with the assistance of the Sustainability Advantage Programme (see www.environment.nsw.gov.au/sustainbus/sustainabilityadvantage.htm).

The July event was also our chance to acknowledge the effort our Chapter Co-ordinator, Ben Kneppers, has put in to establish the NSW Chapter.  We wish Ben best of luck as he relocates to take up his new role at Fundación Chile.  All the best Ben!

 

October Event: Vodafone Eco Rating

Our October Chapter Event was hosted by Vodafone Australia: Tom Roets (General Manager, Strategy and Emerging Business) and Allison Murray (Head of Sustainability) shared details of the Vodafone handset eco rating system which has just been launched in Australia. 

 

The rating is the first of its kind in Australia and is designed to help consumers make an ecopreferable choice when selecting a new handset (see http://www.vodafone.com.au/aboutvodafone/corporateresponsibility/ecorating).

The rating has three, equally weighted parts based on:

  • Green Design;
  • LCA; and
  • Company Performance.

The discussion focused on the technical details of the LCA-based component of the tool as well as the role that Vodafone may be able to play in market transformation.

We’re looking forward to holding Vodafone to their idea of having us back in a year to look at how the rating tool has influenced consumer behaviour!

 

Get Involved…

The NSW chapter of ALCAS holds events focused around specific themes on the third Thursday of every other month.  Meetings are intended to be informal and participatory, with emphasis given to question and answer time, rather than long presentations.

The intention for future events is to focus either on outreach to industry and government, or strong debate and discussion amongst LCA practitioners.

Proposed ideas for discussion include Environmental Claims and the ACCC, AGIC, Unit Process v Input / Output Analysis and Intellectual Property.

Further suggestions for topics would be welcomed or if you would like to get involved and / or join the ALCAS NSW mailing list, please email: monique.cornish@erm.com

You can also join us on LinkedIn by clicking here.

The NSW Chapter Organising Committee are:

  • Monique Cornish;
  • Hazel Rowley; and
  • Nigel Howard.

Get in touch with any of us if you have ideas or suggestions.

 

 

2013 Committee

NSW Chapter Members will shortly be receiving details of how to join the organising committee for 2013.  Remember…many hands make light work!