Partners announced for sustainability tool

MarineShift360's LCA tool Photo: MarineShift360 MarineShift360's LCA tool Photo: MarineShift360

MarineShift360, the collaboration developing a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool for the marine industry, has announced the first seven businesses to partner with the project.

Allen Brothers, Arksen, Emkay Plastics, Multiplast, Princess Yachts, RS Sailing and Wessex Resins will all contribute data from their materials and processes to further develop the LCA tool ahead of its commercial release in late 2019.

No time like the present

Todd McGuire, programme director at 11th Hour Racing, founding sponsor of MarineShift360, said that joining the collaboration enabled the partners to become leaders in sustainability. “There is no time like the present to adopt sustainability practices, both for business and environmental reasons, ensuring end-of-life considerations are embedded at the design stage,” he said.

“By gathering reliable data from the partners, MarineShift360 will develop a fully comprehensive database that supports a life cycle assessment tool tailored to the needs of the marine industry. Once complete, the tool will empower users to compare choices and investigate alternative materials that increase efficiency and reduce costs, leading to innovation in design -- our ultimate goal for this project.”

Informed decisions

MarineShift360 is developing its LCA tool to equip the industry with the means to understand product sustainability. The tool quantifies the environmental impacts of a product’s full life cycle, from raw materials to disposal, allowing the user to make informed decisions at the design stage to mitigate such impacts.

Anthesis Group, specialist in sustainability services and solutions, is responsible for the custom build as well as advising on the project.

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