Insights from the expert on wool’s Life Cycle Assessment
In this episode, Dr. Beverley Henry talks about why the opinions about the sustainability for fibres varies so much and how we can find common grounds through the method of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). She shares with us the latest findings on LCA research for wool and how this is integrated into the textile supply chain. Beverley explains how individual companies can use the available research on LCA to improve their product footprint.
About Dr. Beverley Henry
Dr Beverley Henry is a member of the IWTO Wool Life Cycle Assessment Technical Advisory Group, an Adjunct Associate Professor with Queensland University of Technology, and a consultant to agricultural industries. For over 30 years she has conducted research on agricultural systems focusing on profitability and sustainability especially in variable climates and markets. Beverley is particularly interested in the integration of grazing in extensive pastoral regions with effective environmental management and in communicating the value of these systems. She is a member of Australian Government technical groups on climate change and research issues and a member of several national and international Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Standards bodies, including roles with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and International Standards Organization.
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[01:26] About Dr. Beverley Henry.
[03:41] How did sheep and wool got blamed for climate change?
[08:04] What factors gave wool a a falsly negative environmental rating?
[12:30] What is Life Cycle Assessment?
[14:32] What LCA for wool is so complex?
[17:31] Sheep farming and wool production is highly diverse, which makes LCA also very complex.
[19:04] Overview of the research results achieved by the LCA Technical Advisory Group.
[29:02] Making sure that the LCA research makes a difference.
[29:17] How can companies use the LCA research for their business.
[33:17] Beverley gives an outlook on the research and communication ahead.