VDL Fibertech Industries plans to employ EuCIA's Eco Impact Calculator in determining the LCA of its composite container to demonstrate that composites offer a more sustainable solution than steel.
VDL Fibertech Industries plans to employ EuCIA's Eco Impact Calculator in determining the LCA of its composite container to demonstrate that composites offer a more sustainable solution than steel.

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) is launching a survey to look into the next stage of development of its Eco Impact Calculator for composites. The online resource is being used by companies to support the business case for the selection of a composite product based on its overall life cycle performance.

The Eco Impact Calculator was launched in July 2016, and the number of users of the tool – including designers, manufacturers and end-users of composite products, materials suppliers and researchers – has been increasing and feedback has been positive, according to the association. The survey will help EuCIA identify future industry needs and direct its long term development program for the tool. The survey, which can be found here, is open to all composites industry professionals.

‘Communicating the sustainability of composites is a long term strategy for EuCIA and the Eco Impact Calculator is an important component of this,’ said Roberto Frassine, EuCIA’s president. ‘It is a ‘living’ tool which must continue to develop as composites technologies advance and business and legislative landscapes evolve. We encourage all interested parties to submit their feedback and opinions so that we can determine the future path for this resource and further increase its value to the composites industry.’

This story uses material from EuCIA, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.