Research and innovation both contribute to building a more sustainable future. Cycleco goes to great lengths to provide its customers with the best possible technical solution to make this future come true. To this end, Cycleco works tightly with some of the most prominent international authorities such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the International Energy Agency. In this context, our engineering consulting firm partakes in numerous sector-specific (energy and construction industries, just to name a few) and field-specific (solutions to air, water and soil pollution) pioneering research projects.
In his book entitled Life cycle impact assessment: striving towards best practice, Helias Udo de Haes – who pioneered LCA in Europe – introduces his readers to the overall structure of Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA). He stresses the need to pinpoint Areas of Protection such as human health, natural resources, natural and man-made environment and integrate them into an LCA tool, in turn, acting as a veritable decision support tool. Biodiversity probably ranks as one of the most interesting topics when addressing environmental protection in LCA. Nonetheless, we are forced to observe the lack of interconnection between those metrics used to assess biodiversity such as ecotoxicity, eutrophication and biodiversity damage. Cycleco works hand in hand with, if not directly for, public and private sector key players (EDF, European Commission, Solvay, Suez Environnement, United Nations Environment Programme, just to name a few) in order to produce, alongside relevant stakeholders, consistent, consensual and transparent biodiversity indicators.
Clean up of environmental pollution
Emissions to air, water and soil generated by human activities have an effect on the environment. Although a solution which reduces emissions at source can be envisaged, it should also take ecosystems and contaminated sites into account. From its earliest beginnings, Cycleco has progressively but surely taken part in several pollution remediation projects. Similarly, Cycleco contributes to the development and the optimization of a) pollution cleanup systems b) advanced engineering technologies for CO2 capture and volatile organic compounds mitigation c) environmental impact reduction schemes (characterization / contaminated soil and sediment management / air and water treatment).
The Information Age and the social networks era have brought Cycleco to support and take part in numerous world scale initiatives. Our engineering consulting firm is an assiduous member of several EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 innovative projects. Alternative economic models (now known as the circular economy), emerging technologies (with the arrival of 3D printers) and a different approach to intellectual property (with the appearance of open-source software) reshape the world we live in. Cycleco draws new perspectives from these shifts, assimilates their intricacy while making sure it weighs every associated complexity.
Pollutant emissions and resource depletion are partly engendered by energy production and consumption. Increasing the use of renewable energy in our electric mix is a solution to this issue. Cycleco belongs to the cluster of stakeholders, who, within the framework of projects conducted by the International Energy Agency, nurtures the ambition to a) foster the emergence of new energy production systems b) encourage alternative energy-related knowledge development. In the same vein, Cycleco is also involved in several EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 projects.
The construction industry sadly considerably contributes to the impact on the environment world-wide, accounting for several impact categories. Fortunately, innovative building materials, eco-friendly renovation, LCA/LCIA software and LCI databases are high up among the list of means empowering circular economy. Cycleco supports these initiatives via its involvement in several European R&D projects stemming from the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).