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EuCIA announces inclusion of new glass fibre data in Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) announces the addition of new data for glass fibres to its Eco Impact Calculator, the online tool which enables composites companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) announces the addition of new data for glass fibres to its Eco Impact Calculator, the online tool which enables composites companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production of their products.

Free to access on EuCIA’s website, the Eco Impact Calculator is an easy to use cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment (LCA) tool which is regularly updated to incorporate the latest advances in composite materials and process technologies. The new glass fibre data follows the availability of new data for carbon fibres announced in February and reflects EuCIA’s continuing efforts to satisfy evolving industry needs.

GlassFibreEurope, the Brussels-based European Glass Fibre Producers Association, has produced a new, EU average, peer reviewed set of LCA data for glass fibre products based on the most recent industry manufacturing practices. This data, which includes multi-end and direct roving, dry chopped strand and for the first time glass fibre mat products, has been entered into the ecoinvent databases. With the assistance of EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services (EY CCaSS) in the Netherlands, EuCIA has also imported this data into the Eco Impact Calculator. EuCIA has decided to maintain both the existing and new data sets as material choices in the tool to allow the industry to transition at its own pace.

Customers in all industry sectors are increasingly asking for detailed information on the environmental impact of composite products and components. EuCIA’s Eco Impact Calculator calculates the eco footprint of composite parts using a transparent and uniform sector methodology for processes following ISO 14.040/044. The Eco Calculator calculates the environmental impact of products from cradle to gate, including the raw materials, transport, processing and waste generation up to the point of sale.

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