Circular Economy: an inevitable transition
This book, written under the auspices of the Institute for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy (IEDDEC), presents the reflections of some fifty experts, notably in environment, industrial or chemical engineering, management, but also in economics, geography, anthropology and philosophy.
Circularity potential for three strategic metals in Quebec
The EDDEC Institute, which brings together the expertise of researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal working on the transition to a circular economy, has carried out a research project to evaluate the circularity potential of three strategic metals for Québec: copper, lithium and iron. This project also made it possible to determine the main environmental impacts of these metals along the value chain. The final report summarizes this work, the detailed results of which are presented in the progress reports below.
CIRAIG’s brief on the impacts of banning single-use plastic bags in Montreal
As part of the public consultation on the issues and impacts of a ban on single-use shopping bags in retail businesses on the territory of the City of Montréal, the CIRAIG produced a brief to provide its thoughts on the life cycle of shopping bags. These thoughts are both environmental and socio-economic in nature, with the inclusion of social life cycle analysis concepts, and may serve to fuel the debate within the City of Montréal. Since knowledge on the subject is limited, this document provides the avenues of study needed to fully understand the potential impacts of implementing a policy to reduce the use of single-use bags in the Montréal context.
Guidance on Organizational LCA
O-LCA is envisioned for organizations of all sizes, both public and private, in all sectors, and all over the world. We devoted special efforts to make the new methodology operative for all of them. Furthermore, the guidance document defines the so-called “experience-based implementation pathways” and provides particular methodological support according to previous experience of the organization with other environmental tools. Eleven experiences of the so-called “First Movers” of O-LCA illustrate the process and benefits that the methodology could bring to organizations. Eight sectors and four regions are represented in the case studies.
Life cycle assessment for the grains sector in Quebec
Les Producteurs de grains du Québec sont heureux de présenter la toute première analyse complète du cycle de vie du secteur des grains. Cette étude, qui évalue le profil socioéconomique et environnemental de la production des six grains les plus cultivés dans la province, permet à la filière d’avoir une vue d’ensemble du secteur et appuie ses démarches de responsabilisation sociale et environnementale des producteurs de grains.