EuCIA Includes New Glass Fiber Data in Eco Impact Calculator

April 06 2020

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) apprises of the addition of new data for glass fibers 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 fiber data follows the availability of new data for carbon fibers declared 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 fiber 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 fiber 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.

"GlassFibreEurope is committed to demonstrating glass fiber's contribution to sustainable development, innovation and quality of life,” states Dr. Axel Jorns, Permanent Representative of CAA – Carl-August Advisory srl, and Secretary General of FibreGlass Europe. “The European glass fiber industry has made a concerted effort to provide the most up-to-date industry-based LCA data and we are excited that this is now available to use through EuCIA's Eco Calculator.

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.

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