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CCaLC PVC CARBON FOOTPRINTING TOOL

CCaLC PVC is a CCaLC tool tailored specifically for the PVC sector. The tool has the same features and capabilities as the CCaLC tool, but the in-built case studies are specific to PVC.

CCaLC PVC provides a powerful tool for reducing and managing carbon footprints of PVC products, processes or supply chains.

The methodological approach follows the internationally accepted life cycle methodology as defined by ISO 14044 and PAS 2050.

The tool is simple to use by non-experts and it comes with comprehensive databases, including the Ecoinvent database. User-defined databases can also be added.

Features
  • Carbon footprinting

    The CCaLC PVC tool calculates carbon footprints from 'cradle to grave'. It enables identification of carbon 'hot spots' and carbon reduction opportunities.

  • Water footprinting

    In addition to carbon footprints, CCaLC PVC also incorporates water footprint calculations to take into account water scarcity in different countries.

  • Other environmental impacts

    CCaLC PVC also calculates other environmental impacts to show how they may be affected by any changes in the carbon footprint. These include acidification, eutrophication, ozone layer depletion, photochemical (summer) smog and human toxicity.

  • Economic impacts

    CCaLC PVC enables estimation of economic value added, to show the trade-offs between 'carbon added' and 'value added'. The cost of reducing carbon footprints can also be estimated.

  • Optimisation of carbon footprints

    CCaLC Optimiser (an additional related tool) enables identification of optimum low-carbon options at minimum costs.

  • Databases and Case studies

    A number of databases and case studies are included in CCaLC PVC. Databases include: materials, energy, transport, packaging and waste. Overall, there are over 5500 data items included in the databases. The case studies can be modified to suit the specific user needs include a range of PVC processes and products (e.g. windows, floors, pipes etc).



Downloads: Latest CCaLC PVC version
CCaLC PVC Carbon Footprinting Tool V2.0 [24,226 KB] (Last updated: 19 August 2011)
Download the full, latest version of the CCaLC PVC Carbon Footprinting Tool here. This link will take you to a registration form that will have to be completed in order to download the PVC Sustainability tool.
CCaLC PVC Carbon Footprinting Tool User Manual [1,540 KB] (Last updated: 19 August 2011)
A comprehensive user guide for the CCaLC PVC Carbon Footprinting Tool including example case studies is available to download here. To save a copy to your computer right click the link and select "Save As...".
CCaLC PVC Carbon Footprinting Tool Readme File [3 KB] (Last updated: 19 August 2011)
A readme file containing information about system requirements, running the software and help is available to download here. To save a copy to your computer right click the link and select "Save As...".


Downloads: Previous CCaLC PVC versions
PVC Footprinting and Sustainability Tool V1.1 [6,531 KB] (Last updated: 11 October 2010)
Download CCaLC PVC V1.1 here. This link will take you to a registration form that will have to be completed in order to download the PVC Sustainability tool.
PVC Sustainabiliy Tool V1.1 User Manual [964 KB] (Last updated: 11 October 2010)
A comprehensive user guide for CCaLC PVC V1.1 including example case studies is available to download here. To save a copy to your computer right click the link and select "Save As...".
PVC Sustainabiliy Tool V1.1 Readme File [3 KB] (Last updated: 11 October 2010)
A readme file containing information about system requirements, running the software and help is available to download here. To save a copy to your computer right click the link and select "Save As...".


More Information
For further information contact adisa.azapagic@manchester.ac.uk.


Acknowledgements
The CCaLC PVC Carbon Footprinting Tool has been developed by a research group at The University of Manchester as part of the EPSRC-funded project "Improving Sustainability of PVC through Novel Materials, Processes and Life Cycle Methodologies" (EP/D505372/2).

The support of the project partners Ineos Chlor Vinyls, Loughborough University, ECOPLAS and Polyflor is gratefully acknowledged.