The 1st edition of the Composites Sustainability Report 2021 seeks to give highlights about the part composite materials are playing in creating the sustainable European economy of the future. The report has been published by JEC Group, Paris/France, in collaboration with European Composites Association (EuCIA), Brussels/Belgium.
The comprehensive report starts with discussions around the widely recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology for calculating the environmental impact of products, then moves through a series of analyses and case studies presenting the circular economy approach and ranging from raw materials (including bio-based) to industrial components.
The purpose of the work is to give examples of approaches contributing to and moving towards sustainability. For this purpose, the value chain is therefore split into 5 parts: background, LCA, circular economy; concept, design, raw materials; production, processes, waste; recycling, recovery; and applications.