The number of years or months the unit is designed to last for.
Why can’t the percentage recycled content value be changed?
The relationship between recycled content and environmental impact is not an easy one. If the percentage recycled content of a material is higher to the one stated in the tool, it cannot be assumed that its environmental impact will be decreased. A full environmental impact assessment of that material would need to be recalculated. Hence, it cannot be changed.
Why can’t the recycled end of life value be changed?
The recycled at end of life values are based on our SMARTWaste data and therefore a reflection of the working practice of the industry. This figure is not dependant on the manufacturer, but on the end of user. It is possible that we manage to get some figures specific to the retailers in the future.
The percentage recycled content values are based on which manufacturing region?
Both the percentage recycled content and recycled at end of life values are typical of the UK and EU practices.
Why is there no option to indicate if wood has been responsibly sourced e.g. FSC?
Responsible sourcing of materials is not quantifiable in a life cycle assessment, which does not typically include social or economic impacts.
How do you measure the relevance of the length or area of materials?
The weight of material used is the relevant factor in the assessment. In some cases, it is possible to imagine that some people won’t know the density of the materials, hence: they are given the possibility to enter the length or the area of material used.
What are the 13 categories and what do they mean?
Most environmental assessment would only consider climate change or Kg CO2eq. The environmental impact of a material in LIST is assessed against 13 impact categories, according to the BRE Environmental Profile Methodology, are listed below:
Mineral Resource Extraction
Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
Ecotoxicity to Freshwater and Land
Fossil Fuel Depletion
Photochemical Ozone Creation
Why has LIST not included life cycle power consumption consideration for display/fixture with lighting, screens etc?
LIST started by concentrating on the materials making up a shopfitting display unit. The use of energy to run the unit will come at a later stage of the development of LIST.
How often will the list of materials be updated?
The Ecopoints and KgCO2eq. will not changed unless the BRE methodology changes. This is very unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. However, the list of materials could be expended at any time with either more materials or with manufacturers specific data. If you wish to add to the list of materials, please contact BRE.
If a material I want to use is not on the materials list – what do I select to continue?
Use the closest match or contact BRE.
What is an Ecopoint? How can I explain Ecopoints to my colleagues?
An Ecopoint is the unit of measure of the environmental impact of a unit, product or material. The Ecopoint score is a single score obtained from the combined results of a life cycle assessment against the 13 impact categories identified in the BRE Environmental Profile methodology. The Ecopoint score is also relative to the impact of an EU citizen over one year: 100 Ecopoints = the environmental impact of 1 EU citizen over one year. The more Ecopoints a unit or design gets, the worse the environmental impact of that unit.
What is a good Ecopoint Score, and what is a bad Ecopoint score?
The lower the score, the better the result. There is no limit either up or down.
Where has the source data come from – how can I trust it?
The data has been provided by BRE. Over the last decade, BRE has been working closely with industry and trade associations in order to collect primary data on materials. This data has all been independently and impartially assessed using the same methodology, the BRE Environmental Profile Methodology, and the results are therefore comparable. Where data has not been collected from industry, the Ecoinvent database was used as a reference and has been adapted for the UK market.
What areas of shopfitting equipment are not covered by LIST?
At the moment, shopfitting display equipment with electrical parts cannot be assessed. This may change in the future.
What is a good and bad CO2eq. score?
The lower the score, the better the result. There is no limit either up or down. Some products, which have sequestrated carbon during their life, can have a negative embodied carbon result.
Can you compare more than two pieces of shop fit equipment at the same time?
Yes, you can compare several units.
Would there ever be a scenario, for example where piece A would have a lower Ecopoint value than piece B, but a higher carbon score? Which should we give the greater attention to – Ecopoints or kg of carbon?
Yes, that could be possible. The results of the carbon score are included in the overall Ecopoint score (as it is represented in the Climate Change impact). It preferable to consider the Ecopoint score over the carbon score.
Does every part of the ‘information required’ need to be completed to give an accurate assessment?
In parts of the tool, it is possible to use default values, for example for the transport section. If details of a component are unknown or incomplete, please use the closest match. Please note that the results obtained with LIST are as good as the quality of the information entered.
The country my product is manufactured in does not appear, what should I do?
It is possible to enter the exact travel information in the transport section, in order to achieve more accurate results.
What is ‘Filler’ used for in plastics?
Fillers are particles added to plastics (and other materials) to lower the consumption of more expensive binder materials. Using less binder produces less expensive end product. Calcium carbonate is the primary filler used in the plastics industry.
What is De-inking?
Deinking is the industrial process of removing printing ink from paper fibres of recycled paper to make deinked pulp.
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