Green Composites Council
The mission of the Green Composites Committee (GCC) is to nurture and expand the role of composites in sustainable development including initiatives that enable composite manufacturers to understand what sustainability means to their customers, understand the aspects of their products that affect sustainability, achieve greater sustainability by making their products greener and grow their business opportunities into a variety of markets.
Activities and Achievements:
Composites LCI Project - Collected raw industry data on the most common composites materials and processes that was converted into Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data and populated the US Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database. This project laid the foundation to allow composites manufactures to conduct Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of their products to quantify the sustainability of their products and compare them to completing materials.
Organized two ACMA Green Composites Workshops.
Current and Future Projects
Education: Educate the composites industry on the US BioPreferred program and how composites manufacture’s can use this program to their advantage; Organize educational sessions at CAMX to educate members of the composites industry about the importance of LCI, recycling and sustainability, bio-composites and how composites can be implemented to better position their companies in this growing market; Create an industry reference library on LCA studies for the composites industry.
Outreach: Creating a pilot project to find practical applications for the recycling of scrap fibers, as well as post manufacturing and post-consumer scrap. Create partnerships with EU manufacturers to share LCI data.
Chair: Bob Moffit, Ashland Performance Materials
Cost of membership: Free for ACMA members
For more information, or to join this committee, contact Andrew Barber at Abarber@acmanet.org.