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EVEA brings its expertise in Green chemistry and LCA to a symposium on surfactants

23/07/2019

On July 5, EVEA gave two presentations at French chemistry think tank Adebiotech’s symposium “Sustainable bio-based surfactants” on the environmental implications of surfactants. The two-day symposium took place in the Parisian suburb of Romainville.

EVEA’s Agro-resources & Green chemistry director, Samuel Causse, gave both presentations on the second day. The first presentation was on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a methodology and how it can be used as a decision-making tool in the development of environmental, social and industrial products and services. The second was on the application of LCA to different surfactants (petrochemical, green chemistry and biotechnical) and how to improve environmental performance for each kind of surfactant. The presentations were both followed by lots of interaction with the audience; audience members and other presenters alike had several questions on EVEA’s presentations and on the environmental evaluation sector in general.

Other subjects covered during the symposium included international regulations for chemical substances containing surfactants, surfactants’ implications in agro-chemistry and public water sources, and others. By using cases from our own work at EVEA, we were able to contribute an environmental and social perspective to one of the larger conversations at the symposium on chemical use, and particularly surfactants, in consumer products.

Special thanks to Adebiotech’s Sylvio Bengio, Givaudan’s Alexis Rannou and SEPPIC’s Sébastien Duprat de Paule for inviting EVEA and facilitating our presence!

To know more about where we present or about our involvement in the green chemistry sector, don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact formula or by sending us an email at contact@evea-conseil.com.

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EVEA & Social LCA: EVEA contributes to guidelines for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

21/05/2019

From April 24-26 in Paris, a group of LCA specialists currently participating in the UNEP’s Life Cycle Initiative met with a number of academics and LCA consultants who pioneered the development of social LCA. Marie Vuaillat, EVEA’s Mission Director and primary Social LCA expert, participated.

The goal of this workshop was to update the international guidelines for the use of social LCA and to develop a new version of the guide that covers them. 10 years after the publication of the first UNEP/SETAC guide on social LCA, interest in the subject has increased considerably; several new methods, data, and case studies have since been published that subsequently contributed to its evolution. Updating the guidelines became a necessary next step.

Topics of discussion at the workshop included typologies of social LCA, current social LCA guidelines and how they should be presented in the new guide, and how to communicate on and critically review social projects.

This was an opportunity for EVEA to contribute our expertise in social LCA, and to continue to strengthen it. On a larger scale it helped us continue working towards our overall mission: to always practice the best LCA methods and to share our expertise with others.

The next step for the development of the guide is a pilot phase, where use of the guide will be tested by businesses before its publication in April 2020.

If participation in the pilot phase interests you, or if you want to know more about EVEA’s role in this project, contact us!
To know more about the revision of the social LCA guidelines, please visit the Social LC Alliance’s website.

Participants in the workshop included social LCA specialists from PRé Consultants, LCA 2.0, CIRAIG, University of Ghent, University of Aachen, and others.

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EVEA turns 15!

07/04/2019

From May 15 to 17, the EVEA team got together for our bi-annual company meeting and celebrated our 2-year anniversary of becoming a SCOP! This is a nationally recognized and respected form of company governance in France where permanent employees are automatically associates and participate actively in decision-making processes. During various meetings, workshops and team-building activities, we were able to review our business activity over the last 6 months and work on how to move forward together.

At our headquarters in Nantes, we hosted our employees from all around France to discuss shared governance as well as company goals for the next 10 years. We also announced the official integration of our newest associates: Pauline Roignant, Lucas Giard, Louis-Joseph Falcoz and Sylvain Cleder. Welcome aboard!

We have grown considerably since 2018; EVEA is now a team of 40 people, 23 of which are associates. Over the past year we’ve seen a great display of talent from our employees in their projects, and we are proud of their determination to help all of our clients in their environmental pursuits!

We also were happy to have Isabelle Duchemin from iD STRATEGY & ORGANISATION (iDSO) and Guillaume Queguiner from l'Union Régionale des SCOP de l'Ouest (Western Regional Union of SCOPs). Thank you for your participation!

Source photo : EVEA

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New certification for EVEA S.A.S. Coopérative

22/03/2019

Denis Hubert, Director of EVEA’s software department, has completed ISO/IEC 27001 certification for our information system.
This certification recognizes that the company has defined and implemented the best practices available for the security of our information management systems.
It allows us to secure the confidentiality of sensitive information and improve the overall performance and effectiveness, systematically examine the security risks and implement a coherent set of security controls.

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EVEA participates in ADEME’s “Agribalyse” round table discussion about agricultural products’ environmental impact

21/02/2019

EVEA’s Director of Agro-Resources and Green Chemistry, Samuel Causse, participated in a round table discussion at a seminar organized by France’s environmental agency, ADEME, on January 11th. The seminar, called « Agribalyse », focused on a program bearing the same name developed by ADEME for environmental evaluation of agricultural products in France. ADEME developed Agribalyse 10 years ago and the goal of this seminar was to evaluate the program on a global level since its creation as well as to improve the program for future use.

The seminar served in part as a platform for environmental professionals to discuss data development processes, methodologies to calculate environmental impact, and current use of Agribalyse by businesses. The seminar concluded by a conversation on future development of the program to best address the varying needs of both the private and public sectors.

During the round table discussion, Samuel had the chance to present some of EVEA’s work in eco-design and responsible communication in the agricultural and agro-food sectors.

The round table was organized by ADEME’s Jérôme Mousset and Vincent Colomb. Full list of round table participants: An De Schryver, Sandrine Espagnol, Chantal Gascuel, Samuel Causse.


Source photo : EVEA

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EVEA presents new MFA method at Alliance HQE-GBC conference, subsequently used in evaluation program of buildings’ environmental impact

19/02/2019

EVEA project manager Sophie Laroche presents a new method of flow analysis for secondary materials (MFA) in the building sector at the Alliance HQE-GBC’s Circular Economy Conference. Testing evaluation program sign up before March 01.

On January 15, EVEA project manager Sophie Laroche presented a new method of flow analysis for secondary materials (MFA) in the building sector at the Alliance HQE-GBC’s Circular Economy Conference. The conference took place in Paris’s 16th arrondissement.

EVEA’s building department in Nantes collaborated on the project with Cerqual, the certification branch of the French nonprofit organization in charge of housing quality.

The MFA method, which was designed to support the increased application of a circular economy in the building sector, uses FDES and PEP data from INIES (France’s national database containing information on environmental and sanitary declarations for a range of products in the building sector) and data from various building LCAs. This is the first MFA method in the sector that makes significant use of these data sources.

The Alliance HQE-GBC has since started accepting entries for the first applied use of this MFA method: a series of tests evaluating the environmental impact of various kinds of buildings. Sign your building up before March 01: HQE Circular Economy Performance.

Conference organizers included the Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities, OREE, Certivéa, Cycle Up, and Institut National de l'Économie Circulaire (INEC).

Contact us for more information.

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EVEA works with Serge Ferrari to publish their first Norwegian environmental product declaration

29/11/2018

Serge Ferrari, a world leader in flexible composite materials has just published their first Norwegian EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) for the product Flexlight Perform 832 for "tunnel" application. EVEA provided environmental analysis software and consultation services during the process.

Flexlight Perform 832 is a type II composite membrane that offers excellent strength. Its resistance to abrasion and UV ensures a long lifespan for metallo-textile structures.

This is the first EPD adhering to the EN 15804 standard that has been produced by EVEA for the Norwegian program EPD-NORGE and was carried out using SimaPro software and the Ev-DEC tool designed by EVEA.
 

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Contact us about EPDs in the building sector.

 




SETAC Conference in Roma, 17 May 2018

14/05/2018

Marie Vuaillat, Senior Consultant & Partner at EVEA will participate in the session "Challenges, methodological developments and practical solutions for Social Life Cycle Assessment in industry and policy". Marie will present her work : "Sustainable Guar Initiative - an integrated approach of social and environmental LCA"

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Sustainability Assessment of products and technologies : beyond Life Cycle Assessment

04/12/2017

Sustainability Assessment of products and technologies : beyond Life Cycle Assessment 
By @Samuel Causse, #conference [avniR] by @CD2E 

Sustainability Assessment of products and technologies : beyond Life Cycle Assessment 
By @Samuel Causse, #conference [avniR] by @CD2E 

Life Cycle Assessment helps to highlight the environmental interest of bio-based products compared to other products, but it needs to be used in conjunction with other methods in order to achieve a complete sustainability assessment.
•    Bio-based products generally have a good environmental performance, particularly in regard to Global Warming Potential & Non Renewable Energy Consumption. This can be demonstrated using LCA.
•    Depending on the context and objectives of the assessment, other methods need to be used for a complete sustainability assessment :
•    Social LCA
•    Territorial footprint
•    Life Cycle Costing
•    Environmental & Human Health Risk Assessment
•    Environmental impact monetization
Need to assess the Sustainable performance of a product or technology? Combining these methods is a must-have skill!

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