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Lee S.-J.,University of Michigan-Flint | Hawkins T.R.,Enviance | Ingwersen W.W.,EPA | Young D.M.,Chemical Safety for Sustainability
Journal of Industrial Ecology | Year: 2015

Ecological footprint (EF) is a metric that estimates human consumption of biological resources and products, along with generation of waste greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in terms of appropriated productive land. There is an opportunity to better characterize land occupation and effects on the carbon cycle in life cycle assessment (LCA) models using EF concepts. Both LCA and EF may benefit from the merging of approaches commonly used separately by practitioners of these two methods. However, few studies have compared or integrated EF with LCA. The focus of this research was to explore methods for improving the characterization of land occupation within LCA by considering the EF method, either as a complementary tool or impact assessment method. Biofuels provide an interesting subject for application of EF in the LCA context because two of the most important issues surrounding biofuels are land occupation (changes, availability, and so on) and GHG balances, two of the impacts that EF is able to capture. We apply EF to existing fuel LCA land occupation and emissions data and project EF for future scenarios for U.S. transportation fuels. We find that LCA studies can benefit from lessons learned in EF about appropriately modeling productive land occupation and facilitating clear communication of meaningful results, but find limitations to the EF in the LCA context that demand refinement and recommend that EF always be used along with other indicators and metrics in product-level assessments. © 2015, Yale University.

News Article | November 22, 2016

— According to a new market research report "Carbon Footprint Management Market by Software, Service (Professional and Managed), Deployment (On-Premises and On-Demand), Vertical (Telecom and IT, Manufacturing, Commercial Building, Transportation and Utilities), and Region - Global Forecast to 2021", the carbon footprint management market size expected to grow from USD 7.76 Billion in 2016 to USD 12.94 Billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.8% during the period 2016–2021. Browse 92 market data tables and 29 figures spread through 152 pages and in-depth TOC on “Carbon Footprint Management Market - Global Forecast to 2021” Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report. The major drivers for the upsurge in demand for the carbon footprint management technology are mandatory regulations & carbon footprint management policies, increasing concern for reducing carbon footprints, enterprise sustainability & CSR programs, and increasing cost & demand for the primary energy sources. “Service market is estimated to dominate the carbon footprint management market share during the forecast period.” The services segment is estimated to have the largest market share in the carbon footprint management market. The organizations focus on offering specialized services to achieve greater customer experience, achieving operation efficiency at a reduced cost and time is driving the demand for carbon footprint management services across the globe. The carbon footprint management market is growing at an exponential rate since most of the players are focusing on providing specialized services for the carbon footprint management market. Rapid growing demand for cloud services, data center services, network services, and its reliable and efficient integration are some of the other drivers impacting the services market. “Manufacturing, transportation and commercial buildings are expected to grow at high CAGRs during the forecast period. “ The carbon footprint management market is witnessing a potential growth in the manufacturing industries across various regions owing to the increase in the adoption of carbon footprint management strategies and regulatory frameworks. Moreover, transportation and commercial buildings sectors have been early adopters of carbon footprint management-based technologies to manage the carbon emission levels. The key innovators in this market are Schneider Electric SE, Enablon SA, IHS Markit, Ecova, FirstCarbon Solutions, Enviance, Verisae, Thinkstep, processMAP, and Greenstone+. “North America is the leading region in terms of market share in the carbon footprint management market space.” North America is expected to hold the largest market share and dominate the carbon footprint management market in 2016. The government has been actively making efforts to limit emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and most of the corporates are undertaking long term initiatives to reduce carbon footprint and achieve sustainability. This has pushed the carbon footprint management market toward the growth phase. MarketsandMarkets is the largest market research firm worldwide in terms of annually published premium market research reports. Serving 1700 global fortune enterprises with more than 1200 premium studies in a year, M&M is catering to a multitude of clients across 8 different industrial verticals. We specialize in consulting assignments and business research across high growth markets, cutting edge technologies and newer applications. Our 850 fulltime analyst and SMEs at MarketsandMarkets are tracking global high growth markets following the "Growth Engagement Model – GEM". The GEM aims at proactive collaboration with the clients to identify new opportunities, identify most important customers, write "Attack, avoid and defend" strategies, identify sources of incremental revenues for both the company and its competitors. M&M’s flagship competitive intelligence and market research platform, "RT" connects over 200,000 markets and entire value chains for deeper understanding of the unmet insights along with market sizing and forecasts of niche markets. The new included chapters on Methodology and Benchmarking presented with high quality analytical infographics in our reports gives complete visibility of how the numbers have been arrived and defend the accuracy of the numbers. We at MarketsandMarkets are inspired to help our clients grow by providing apt business insight with our huge market intelligence repository. For more information, please visit

Ingwersen W.W.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Hawkins T.R.,Enviance | Transue T.R.,Lockheed Martin | Meyer D.E.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment | Year: 2015

Introduction: Life cycle assessment (LCA) has a technical architecture that limits data interoperability, transparency, and automated integration of external data. More advanced information technologies offer promise for increasing the ease with which information can be synthesized within an LCA framework. Vision: A new architecture is described that combines, stores, and annotates data for life cycle assessment. The Resource Description Framework is proposed for managing LCA data. To explore the capabilities of this approach, the LCA Harmonization Tool (LCA-HT) is being developed to map and store data from different sources and to clearly capture user-defined relationships between nomenclatures for easy use. It will enable increased interoperability of LCA data and more structured and automated incorporation of non-LCA data into LCA models. Moving forward: The LCA-HT is intended to be a core component of LCA data architecture (a data commons) used by US federal agencies and other data providers to make data representing US conditions more accessible for public use. It will also be used to bring together data from human health exposure models with traditional LCA for evaluating near-field human health risk in the life cycle context to demonstrate the practical advancements possible with this new architecture. The tool will remain open source and freely available. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Xue X.,Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education | Hawkins T.R.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Hawkins T.R.,Enviance | Ingwersen W.W.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Smith R.L.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment | Year: 2015

Purpose: This study demonstrates an approach to assess human health and ecotoxicity impacts of pesticide use by including multiple environmental pathways and various exposure routes using the case of corn grown for bio-based fuel or chemical production in US Midwestern states. Methods: Multiple tools including an environmental emission model (PestLCI), an impact analysis tool (USEtox), and additional databases were utilized to estimate the state-specific pesticide releases and their associated spatially explicit toxicity in Midwest states. Results and discussion: On average, chlorpyrifos and acetochlor exhibit the highest human toxicity potential (HTP) and the highest ecotoxicity potential (ETP) impact scores, respectively. The different ranking orders of pesticides for human health and ecosystem toxicity suggest that there are tradeoffs between these two impact categories. While the air pathway can account for 10–97 % of HTP, the water pathway is the dominating contributor for ETP for most of the pesticides. Moreover, while chlorpyrifos, fipronil, 2,4-d-2-ethylhexyl ester, simazine, and glufosinate–ammonium together account for more than 80 % of HTP per kilogram harvested corn, acetochlor is the dominating contributor in ETP due to its high ecotoxicity characterization factor and high application rates for corn. In addition, the spatial variation analysis shows that South Dakota and Missouri are the states that have the highest HTP (per kg corn), while Kansas exhibits the highest ETP (per kg corn) among Midwest states. Conclusions: HTP and ETP exhibit large variations across various pesticides, US states, and application times. While chemical properties and toxicity characteristics can result in up to five orders of magnitude of variation in HTP and ETP, the rest of the parameters (such as application times, soil properties, and climate conditions) can affect the results by up to two orders of magnitude. © 2015, Springer-Verlag (outside the USA).

Vineyard D.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Ingwersen W.W.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Hawkins T.R.,Enviance | Xue X.,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | And 2 more authors.
Journal of the American Water Resources Association | Year: 2015

Green infrastructure (GI) is quickly gaining ground as a less costly, greener alternative to traditional methods of stormwater management. One popular form of GI is the use of rain gardens to capture and treat stormwater. We used life cycle assessment (LCA) to compare environmental impacts of residential rain gardens constructed in the Shepherd's Creek watershed of Cincinnati, Ohio to those from a typical detain and treat system. LCA is an internationally standardized framework for analyzing the potential environmental performance of a product or service by including all stages in its life cycle, including material extraction, manufacturing, use, and disposal. Complementary to the life cycle environmental impact assessment, the life cycle costing approach was adopted to compare the equivalent annual costs of each of these systems. These analyses were supplemented by modeling alternative scenarios to capture the variability in implementing a GI strategy. Our LCA models suggest rain garden costs and impacts are determined by labor requirement; the traditional alternative's impacts are determined largely by the efficiency of wastewater treatment, while costs are determined by the expense of tunnel construction. Gardens were found to be the favorable option, both financially (~42% cost reduction) and environmentally (62-98% impact reduction). Wastewater utilities may find significant life cycle cost and environmental impact reductions in implementing a rain garden plan. © 2015 American Water Resources Association.

Goldenhersh L.E.,Enviance
Pollution Engineering | Year: 2010

The EPA has introduced greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting rule in the US with the objective to reduce emissions, which ensures the growth in the environmental consulting industry. Safe management of GHGs requires a centralized software system that operationalizes the cost-effective air emissions management practices such as sound data collection and validation protocols, facility-based task management and trend management. The software employed to comply with the GHG reporting rule ensures the accurate differentiation between SF6 and CO2. The senior management while complying with the GHG reporting rule focus on the cost, complexity and schedule for installation of a system in order to meet the requirements of the rule. The environmental engineering expertise in a company needs to identify the sources of GHG in the industrial process and define appropriate data collection, data validation, task management and reporting protocols for the efficient tracking of the GHGs.

Enviance | Date: 2015-10-19

Computer software for providing information and forms creation in the area of environmental regulation and compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, health and safety. Consultation in the fields of environmental regulation, health, safety and compliance, substance testing, waste disposal and brown field redevelopment; providing information in the fields of environmental regulation, health, safety and compliance, substance testing, waste disposal and brown field redevelopment via global computer network.

News Article | April 16, 2010

Enviance and FirstCarbon Solutions, which both develop enterprise software for tracking various aspects of corporate environmental information, this week added new features to their offerings. Here's the rundown: 1) Enviance has released version 6.4 of the Enviance System and Enviance Quick Data 2.0. The main System now features customized dashboards. That means, simply, that whomever is using the application can create his or her own personal view of reports about environmental or regulatory compliance risks. The software also includes a way of facilitating links between the Enviance software and other applications under a company's control, such as the company web site. The Quick Data module has been extended with a Data Forms tab, which can accept information from various office productivity applications including Microsoft Excel, Word or a PDF document. Here's a view of the new dashboard: 2) Environment outsourcing services company FirstCarbon has introduced an updated version of ghgTrack, an application it picked up through its acquisition of Enverity in 2009. New features include the ability to set custom metrics for corporate initiatives (such as water usage mandates or recycling goals), dashboards for visualizing greenhouse gas emissions trends, and filters so that reports can be expressed according to the needs of different job roles or to look at specific metrics. Both of these companies delivering their software via the Internet, so that businesses can get them up and running promptly and so that the requirements of new environmental mandates can be reflected as quickly as possible.

News Article | March 9, 2010

If your company is struggling with how to start reporting carbon emissions information quickly, there is a new service from environmental software company Enviance that may be appropriate. P.S., you're not exactly alone in this. Apparently close to 61 percent of companies still don't have any sort of carbon emissions tracking system in place. The Enviance Greenhouse Gas FastTrack program is specifically focused on businesses that need to comply with new air emissions requirements put in place by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that became effective Jan. 1, 2010. The new reporting requirements call for companies to submit their first batch of information for fiscal year 2010 by March 31, 2011. Just a little more than a year away. Close to 85 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions must be accounted for in some way. Has your company begun the process, if it has facilities that are accountable? Enviance's FastTrack is offered via the Internet, and it is configured to collect the specific data required under the new facilities reporting regulation. Data is entered via dashboards. The service supports the collection of information regarding up to 1,600 environmental "pressure points." Between the initial consulting to get a company set up to report on air emissions, training and set-up, Enviance says it can get businesses up and running on FastTrack in 60 days or less. Depending on the amount of data being collected, the service is priced starting at $1,995 per month.

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