Comparative LCA of Transport Packaging

Sustainserv recently completed a comparative environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) of reusable corrugated layer pads made from polypropylene and corrugated cardboard. The pads are used as divider sheets for container transport in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. The study was commissioned by a leading multinational supplier of reusable polypropylene layer pads in order to understand the environmental impacts of their product and compare its environmental profile to the one of a relevant cardboard alternative. It was carried out following the guidelines of the ISO 14040 series. The methodology and results of the LCA were certified by TÜV NORD CERT GmbH who conducted the critical review.

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ISCN at the World Economic Forum

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), in collaboration with the Global University Leader Forum (GULF), last week released Developing Skills for Future Leaders, a report that highlights how future leaders are best trained to address the pressing challenges of the world through full immersion in "living laboratories" of sustainability.

Sustainserv Managing Partner and ISCN Program Manager Bernd Kasemir said "This report highlights state-of-the-art case studies of campus sustainability, provided by 25 of the world's leading universities. This compilation provides inspiration for all of us involved in the training and education of tomorrow's leaders".

In addition to best practice cases from leading schools, Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), provided a foreword that encourages the dialogue between universities and corporations on developing sustainability skills needed by future business leaders.

The ISCN provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. The network's Secretariat is operated by Sustainserv Inc., which manages member relations, network development, marketing and outreach, resource materials, and strategic program management activities.

Five years ago, the ISCN partnered with GULF, bringing together the heads of 26 top global universities, to develop the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter. Organized into 3 core principles, the Charter requires a commitment at the highest level of the institution, and includes annual reporting on sustainability goals, initiatives, and performance. To date, presidents of more than 65 schools have endorsed the Charter.

Download the full report, Developing Skills for Future Leaders.

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Feasibility Study of Electric Cars

Sustainserv, in cooperation with Ernst Basler + Partner, has recently completed a study regarding the feasibility of electric mobility in the region Basel Switzerland. The study, which was commissioned by local authorities and energy providers, showed that the electricity grids and electricity production capacity in the region are well equipped for the projected proliferation of electric vehicles. Moreover, from about the year 2020, the need for charging stations for electric vehicles will rise sharply. These are the key findings of a recent study that has examined various scenarios for the future of electric mobility in the area of Basel. The study of Sustainserv was published on the site on December 1st by the Office of Environment and Energy "Basel-Stadt":




New transparency rules on social responsibility for big companies

The Council of the European Union adopted a directive for the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large companies.

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