Green Composites Council
The Green Composites Council (GCC) is one of ACMA's Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) Committees. This specialty industry committee is focused on growing composites by understanding, educating, and promoting how “green” and sustainable composites are. Three technical areas of green composites that this committee is focused on are Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), recycling, and bio composites.
The mission of the GCC is to nurture and expand the role of composites in sustainable (i.e. environmentally preferable or “green”) development including initiatives that enable member companies to understand the varying definitions of “green” and sustainability, better understand how green/sustainability is important to their customers, identify the aspects of their products that affect sustainability, reduce the impact of their products and services, credibly and aggressively promote sustainable composite solutions to the market and gain market share versus competitive materials such as steel, aluminum, concrete, and wood.
There are currently 56 companies that belong to ACMA's Green Composites Council. Thirty are fabricators; the remaining 26 are material suppliers, distributors, consultants and academics.
ACMA Staff LiaisonAndrew Huber
Manager, CGI Committees
The GCC supports five committees, each working on projects addressing a different aspect of the GCC's mission. The GCC committees are:
Teaches industry professionals and end-users about the benefits of composite recycling via multiple outlets, including exhibits, webinars, and other means of communication.
Life Cycle Inventory Committee
Developed and promotes the use of the Life Cycle Inventory Tool, allowing end users to accurately calculate the environmental impact of different components and materials.
Informs end-users and government entities of the benefits of green composites.
Conducts research on the state of recycling and waste in the composites industry, and is currently preparing a pilot project to turn waste SMC into useable composite material.
The GCC has focused much of its work on education and understanding Life Cycle Assessment. In order to understand LCA, it was determined there was a lack of data on the fundamental Life Cycle Inventory Data. The GCC is addressing this by developing the missing LCI data. In June 2011, at the ACMA’s Inaugural Green Composites Workshop in Chicago, the GCC launched the Composites LCI Project. ACMA selected Franklin Associates, a Division of Eastern Research Group Inc., to help conduct this important project. Two main objectives were to provide individual ACMA members with LCI data on the materials and composite production processes that are specific to their operations for internal benchmarking and decision-making, and to provide ACMA as a whole with aggregated LCI data representative of the average production on those same materials and processes in a format suitable for submission to the U.S. Department of Energy NREL’s LCI database. This information will be used by public and private stakeholders in preparing LCAs.
The GCC has been instrumental in the development of two specialty workshops, one on LCA and the other on Recycling Composites. In addition, the GCC for the past 3 years has developed a very comprehensive green composites technical and educational program at ACMA’s annual conference – CAMX.
The GCC plans to continue its work in industry education on recycled composites, LCA, and composites sustainability.
Become a Member
The Green Composites Council is open to any member of the American Composites Manufacturers Association interested in growing composites through sustainability. There are no additional costs beyond ACMA membership. For more information or to apply for membership, please contact Andrew Huber.