Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle of IndustrIal Activities (CCaLC)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Chem Eng and Analytical Science

Abstract

A successful transition to a low carbon economy will depend on a number of technological, economic, environmental and social factors. However, before we start this process, it is important to understand the full environmental and economic implications of any step changes that this transition may require. In this project we propose to concentrate on developing a methodology and decision-support tools that would help us understand and evaluate environmental and economic consequences of the changes required for the decarbonisation of the economy. In particular, we propose to develop a methodology for a life-cycle estimation of carbon inventories in different supply chains. The project will also investigate the options for, and the associated costs of, carbon mitigation measures by considering standard economic parameters such as investment and operating costs and value added, together with uncertainty and risk where appropriate. The intention is that the methodology and the tools will be usable for investigation of future scenarios, involving completely new technologies and products. The tools will also help companies to respond to the activities such as carbon management and emissions trading. The industrial sectors to be considered in the project include Chemicals and related products, Food and Drink, Bio-feedstocks and Biofuels.

Publications

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A Azapagic (2010) Assessing Biomass Options for Electricity Generation on a Life Cycle Basis in Waste and Biomass Valorisation

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Amienyo D (2016) Life cycle environmental impacts and costs of beer production and consumption in the UK in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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Amienyo D (2014) Environmental impacts of consumption of Australian red wine in the UK in Journal of Cleaner Production

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Amienyo D (2012) Life cycle environmental impacts of carbonated soft drinks in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

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Azapagic A (2010) Ecosystem Services -

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Azapagic A (2014) Sustainability considerations for integrated biorefineries. in Trends in biotechnology

 
Description A carbon-footprinting software helping companies and individuals to estimate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their products and activities.
Exploitation Route The software can used by companies, government bodies, universities and individuals to manage the environmental impact of their activities.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Education,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Retail,Transport

URL http://www.ccalc.org.uk
 
Description Research in this project developed a methodology for Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle of Industrial Activities (CCaLC), providing 'cradle to grave' carbon footprint estimates for commercial products. The methodology was embedded in a set of software tools designed to be used by non-experts, allowing companies to perform carbon footprinting in-house. The software is free to download, currently with over 5000 users in more than 80 countries. The methodology and software tools have been endorsed by BERR (now BIS), DEFRA and the World Bank, and used widely by industry, across a range of sectors, to reduce carbon footprints of their products. This has resulted in significant environmental and socio-economic benefits, including estimated climate change mitigation gains in excess of £450m.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Education,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description AG Barr plc 
Organisation A.G. Barr
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description B&Q Plc 
Organisation B&Q
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Croda 
Organisation Croda International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Crown Paints 
Organisation Crown Paints
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Huhtamaki (UK) Ltd 
Organisation Huhtamaki UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Hydro Polymers Ltd 
Organisation Hydro Polymers Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description J.W. Ostendorf GmbH 
Organisation J.W. Ostendorf GmbH
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Johnson Matthey Catalysts 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Kellogg's 
Organisation Kellogg's
Country United States 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Premier Foods Group Ltd 
Organisation Premier Foods Group Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Shell Chemicals in Europe 
Organisation Shell Global Solutions International BV
Department Shell Chemicals in Europe
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Title CCaLC 
Description A carbon-footprinting software that helps companies and individuals to estimate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their products and activities. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2010 
Impact Research in this project developed a methodology for Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle of Industrial Activities (CCaLC), providing 'cradle to grave' carbon footprint estimates for commercial products. The methodology was embedded in a set of software tools designed to be used by non-experts, allowing companies to perform carbon footprinting in-house. The software is free to download, currently with over 5000 users in more than 80 countries. The methodology and software tools have been endorsed by BERR (now BIS), DEFRA and the World Bank, and used widely by industry, across a range of sectors, to reduce carbon footprints of their products. This has resulted in significant environmental and socio-economic benefits, including estimated climate change mitigation gains in excess of £450m. 
URL http://www.ccalc.org.uk/