Sustainability Consulting

Sustainability Consulting

Why is demonstrating environmental sustainability important?

Demonstrating environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important to businesses, and we are often seeing sustainability strategies incorporated into the business plan. This is largely due to pressures from consumers and other stakeholders who now want to know that the businesses they deal with are “eco-friendly”.  An increasing consumer awareness of environmental issues is pushing businesses to be more proactive in developing sustainable practices, and the most proactive businesses are the ones that are more likely to succeed.

GCAS provides Consultancy Solutions in the area of sustainability strategy, corporate social responsibility and policy support. Our approach always focuses on the context and needs of each individual client, and we use the most effective methods, metrics and data to address those needs. Life Cycle Assessment and Foot Printing are part of the methods. We have experience in the energy, construction, metals, chemical industry, and across the public and private sectors.

We also offer tailor-made workshops in the area of supply chain sustainability, life-cycle assessment, and carbon footprinting,

GCAS Service Offerings;

Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Companies are more and more expected to take responsibility for social and environmental issues in their supply chain. We analyze supply chains of organizations to identify how key sustainability issues are being managed.

• Supply chain assessment
• Sustainable supply chain management systems
• Sustainable Supply Chain Management Trainings
• Monitoring services

Strategic Planning

• Sustainability Strategy Development

Performance Improvement and Implementation

• Sustainable Procurement
• Sustainable Products
• Carbon footprint
• Life cycle assessment (LCA)

Reporting

• Sustainability reporting – GRI Reporting

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Advanced Zero Energy Design

Through Advanced Zero Energy Design,cities can become DRIVERS OF SUSTAINABILITY and increase ecological, social and economic capital.

Why Zero Energy Design ?

Global warming and climate change are rising issues during the last couple of decades. Buildings including commercial and residential ones are major contributors to energy consumption.

Zero Energy Design can be achieved by significantly reducing energy use through incorporation of energy-efficient strategies and solutions into the design, construction, and operation of new buildings and commencing retrofits to improve the efficiency of existing buildings.  Most often, use of on-site and off-site renewable energy sources are required to meet the Net-Zero Energy goal.

GCAS Services

GCAS will  provide solutions to establish a proper measurement and verification protocol to help track the ongoing use of energy in order to validate that the goal of Net-Zero Energy is achieved for the life of the building.

GCAS will also provide critical information and solutions for design decisions to be made in compatibility with Net-Zero Energy use. Our solutions are focused on reducing overall energy requirements of the building, then examining renewable energy applications after the loads are reduced.

We also manage the LEED certification process to ensure that the building continues to perform as Net-Zero Energy.

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Environmental Product Declarations

Environmental Product Declaration

An EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of a product.

The International EPD System is a global programme for environmental declarations based on ISO 14025 and EN 15804.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are  Eco-labels that display data of predetermined environmental parameter categories according to the international standard ISO 14025.

EPDs aim at supplying and easily communicating reliable and externally verified environmental information and provide a platform for the fair comparison of the environmental performance of products and services.

Why is Environmental Product Declarations important?

There is a rapidly growing demand for quantitative environmental information from companies and their stakeholders. Based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), EPDs provide this kind of information with an exact, reliable, objective, and verifiable way.

Environmental Product Declarations are being used internationally in the procurement processes of public and private sectors, as dependable evidence of the environmental performance of materials and services. Moreover, the quantified, structured and homogenized information supplied by the EPDs, enables the Eco-design and Eco-innovation for products and services.

GCAS Advantage

GCAS has the tools to support you in your LCA and EPD work and increase your efficiency within the organization.

We are partners with all the major program have LCA Life Cycle Assessment Practitioners and have been approved by the International EPD System (EnvironDec ) as EPD Consultants.

Our role is to maximize your investment in product transparency by helping meet customer demand through LEED v4. We minimize the impact of the new process on your already busy schedule.

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Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment is taking off globally importance to help project owners to quantify and improve environmental performance to meet global and national climate change impact reduction targets. Life Cycle Assessment is the leading solution for understanding, quantifying and communicating the environmental and social credentials and performance of products, services, processes, assets, and organizations.

Life Cycle Assessment is a method of analyzing the environmental impact of products and services that consider their full life cycle (cradle-to-grave). A key strength of LCA is that it studies whole product systems and thus enables a business to avoid mitigating one environmental impact at the expense of aggravating another.

LCA’s are completed for a variety of reasons. First, it reduces the life cycle impacts, also cut energy and other costs. Assessing and reducing your sustainability impact has a similar effect to an efficiency audit. The results will identify the most cost-effective way for you to operate. Second, the public increasingly demands information about the sustainability features of the products they buy.

The following important applications of Life Cycle Assessment are increasingly being adopted by businesses internationally:

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

EPD is the international standard to communicate your product or service environmental credentials to the market.

Building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Building Life Cycle Assessment is the most comprehensive method of assessing building environmental impacts over the complete building lifetime. This methodology has recently been incorporated in the Green Building Council of many countries.

GCAS Provides

• Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) in line with ISO 14025 and EN15804.
• Develop ISO 14040 & 14044 compliant life cycle assessments to underpin the EPDs.
• Whole building life cycle assessment through LEED v4.

GCAS Advantage

GCAS can produce a Life Cycle Assessment profile for your building and offer you a comprehensive online tool to manage and drive ongoing improvements. With this information, you can test and apply new strategies and options to reduce environmental and human health impacts before committing resources.

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Carbon Consulting Service

Our team delivers a powerful combination of market insight, intelligent analysis and advanced reporting on energy trends within your organization. At a strategic level, we guide you through the process of establishing a rigorous carbon plan that delivers long-term carbon savings and delivers maximum benefit to your project.

ISO 14064-1 Carbon Footprint Measurement Service

Our carbon footprint measurement service will enable you to understand, quantify, and manage your organization’s greenhouse gas emissions.

GCAS will quantify your GHG emissions according to ISO 14064-1, which specifies principles, and requirements at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. It includes requirements for the design, development, management, reporting and verification of an organization’s GHG inventory.

We will quantify your carbon footprint to robust international standards which will give you the assurance that your GHG performance is measured and comparable anywhere

Carbon Emissions Reduction Strategy

Through our carbon reduction strategy service, we agree realistic targets for your business in accordance with ISO 14064-2 to ensure the project is established within the strict confines of the Standard reduce carbon and save money.

Our experts have been fully trained in ISO 14064 techniques and this allows a project to be developed in conformance with any existing GHG program. We have access to global expertise on verification techniques, which enhances the projects we can develop.

Emissions Verification Service

GCAS will carry out a verification audit of the GHG inventory or project using ISO14064:3 to provide a reasonable or limited level of assurance that the inventory conforms to ISO14064:1.

The verification will be performed in accordance with ISO 14064:3.

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Green House Gas Verification

Verification is the systematic, independent and documented process for the evaluation of a greenhouse gas assertion in accordance with  ISO 14064-3. Verification provides an independent assessment of the data associated with a GHG inventory or project and typically offers an opinion on the accuracy of the estimates or measurements, thus giving confidence to others interested in the results.

GCAS Services

We provide practical, proven and effective GHG Verification services using ISO 14064-3 across a wide range of voluntary and regulatory driven GHG reporting frameworks including expertise within the manufacturing, education, healthcare, transportation, hospitality, energy sectors.

Our experts in greenhouse gases are knowledgeable about all aspects of understanding, quantifying, verifying and mitigating “carbon” emissions. GCAS has cross-disciplinary expertise in :

-Sector-specific needs (industrial, transportation, oil and gas, waste, commercial, and residential sectors)

-Ambient air quality (generation, dispersion, and mitigation of pollutants)

-Broader implications of climate change

-Energy performance (inter-regional, regional, city, infrastructure, masterplan, and building scales).

The key to our verification service is a very formal management system that ensures consistent and reliable verification.

GCAS also offers several related services that can enhance the value of GHG analyses.We can help develop solutions to reduce your future carbon footprint. GCAS’s expertise aims to provide solutions with evaluating industrial activities, developing emission inventories and analyzing strategies for improving air quality through engineering and process solutions.

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Cradle to Cradle Certification

Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Sustainable Industrialisation and Foster Innovation

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard offers a pathway for product manufacturers to make measurable progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

This certification program provides  a transformative framework for designing and making products in a manner that helps to address many Sustainable Development Goals.

Cradle to Cradle Certified products can also help contribute points under the LEED v4, BREEAM etc Green building rating systems.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Standard Program guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories:

  • Material health: knowing the chemicals in every material in a product, and working towards safer materials.
  • Material utilisation: designing products made with materials that come from and can safely return to nature or industry.
  • Renewable energy and carbon management: working towards a future in which all manufacturing are powered by 100% clean renewable energy.
  • Water stewardship: managing clean water as a precious resource and an essential human right.
  • Social fairness: designing fair and respectful operations for all people and natural systems.

 

How GCAS will support C2C Certification

GCAS will provide expert services to obtain C2C Certification to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

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Health Product Declarations (HPD)

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) provides a systematic and standardized way of reporting the material contents of building products, and the health effects associated with these materials. The HPD is developed according to the directions set forth by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and is considered to be complementary to life cycle documentation such as LCA and EPD.

HPD Consultant Services

GCAS offers services to help building product manufacturers complete their Health Product Declaration. We identify all ingredients in your product by working with your supply chain. GCAS assists you in gathering and reporting the information required to complete your Health Product Declarations template. The final HPD is “self-declared” and identified as prepared by GCAS.

HPDC Third-Party Verification Program

GCAS can assist product manufacturers with HPD verification. Third-Party Verification Program provides a framework for an additional level of assurance that a completed Health Product Declaration (HPD) fully complies with the HPD Open Standard.

Our team works with Approved HPD Third-Party Verifiers. A Third Party Verification is conducted as a desk audit of the HPD and its documentation; it does not mandate an onsite audit that would review a Bill of Materials. Verification of a Health Product Declarations is not a product certification or a declaration that the product is safe.

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facility condition assessment

Facility Condition Assessments

A detailed understanding of a facility can help to prioritize future building investments

Any organization with capital assets needs to maintain those facilities in a safe and cost-effective manner. The FCA process allows these organizations to prioritize and schedule necessary maintenance. If they wait to react to problems after they become obvious, it is usually too late to implement cost-effective remediation. What might have been a $50,000 remediation project becomes a $5 million or more replacement project. A client may also use an FCA to assess a facility that it intends to acquire.

GCAS’s Facility Condition Assessments provides a snapshot of the condition of a facility to determine the capital budget needs for major repairs and replacements over several years. As a result, FCAs help property owners know how to better prioritize funds for repair and replacement. In general, an FCA is an assessment that visually identifies major deficiencies for all of the systems in a facility. The systems included in an FCA include: site systems, structural systems, building exteriors, roof systems, mechanical systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, fire and life safety systems, conveying systems and interior finishes.

GCAS and Our Technical Associate has experience with a variety of buildings, including Government Buildings and Essential Facilities, Educational Campuses, Commercial Buildings, Healthcare Facilities, Aviation Complexes, and Park Sites.

GCAS provides software solutions to manage collected data in a secure, cloud-based environment, empowering clients with dynamic search and reporting capabilities. Our asset management software solutions can migrate data to popular Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Capital Planning and Management Systems (CPMS).

Some of the key benefits of Facility Condition Assessments are:

• Defensible capital plans.

• Facility Condition Index (FCI) benchmarking.

• Clear, regular maintenance requirements.

• The identification of potential safety hazards..

• Energy conservation opportunities.

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energy modeling

Energy Modelling & Simulation

5While the global marketplace becomes increasingly volatile, our energy forecasting and modeling services do the exact opposite. We provide you with stability and prepare you for the future through reliable energy predictions. Combining our globally recognized models with over 20 years of expertise in forecasting, our modeling specialists can provide unique insight on long-term energy demand, prices, power mix, GHG mitigation, and energy efficiency, taking into account the latest Geo-strategic developments. We also participate in numerous research programs to determine long-term energy scenarios in the global economy. Our clients include major global energy companies, equipment manufacturers, industries, and governmental bodies.

Energy Modelling & Simulation is the virtual or computerized simulation of a building or complex that focuses on energy consumption, utility bills and life cycle costs of various energy-related items such as air conditioning, lights, and hot water. It is also used to evaluate the payback of green energy solutions like solar panels and photovoltaics, wind turbines and high-efficiency appliances. To understand energy modeling, it’s important to understand building simulation.

Building simulation is the process of using a computer to build a virtual replica of a building. In layman’s terms, the building is built from its component parts on a computer and a simulation is performed by taking that building through the weather conditions of an entire year. In a way, building simulation is a way to quantitatively predict the future and thus has considerable value. Building simulation is commonly divided into two categories: Load Design, and Energy-Analysis. The common phrase for building simulation when energy is involved is Energy-modeling.

Load Design is used to determine:

• Air conditioning loads (the amount of cooling/heating energy needed by space/system/building);
• Volumetric airflow requirements (the amount of air needed to cool/heat a space);
• Equipment capacities (since equipment may condition multiple spaces);
• Supply Temperatures;
• Hydronic Plant capacities (worst case simultaneous load);
• Similarities and differences between equipment options for heating and cooling a space.

Energy-Analysis or Energy-modelling is used to:

• Predict the monthly energy consumption and bills;
• Predict the annual energy cost;
• Annual CO2 emissions;
• Compare and contrast different efficiency options;
• Determine life cycle payback on various options.

GCAS Energy Services is an energy intelligence and consulting company. Our experts will help you to tackle key energy and climate issues and make sound strategic and business decisions. We provide solutions, consulting and training to key energy actors in the Middle East Region.

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