Green Composites Council
The Green Composites Council (GCC) is one of ACMA's Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) Committees. This committee is focused on helping the composite industry reduce impact and helping composite material end users understand the sustainable attributes that composites provide. 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 four 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 sustainable benefits of composites via multiple outlets, including exhibits, webinars, and other means of communication.
Life Cycle Inventory Committee
Educates and facilitates the development of Life Cycle Assessments of composite materials. Developed and promotes the use of the Life Cycle Inventory data for composites. Compiles publicly available life cycle assessments and comparisons. The LCI Committee maintains a listing of publically available life cycle assessments that can be found here.
Conducts research on the state of recycling and waste in the composites industry, and is currently preparing a pilot project to effectively utilize composite waste streams.
The GCC LCI Committee, through consultant Franklin Associates, compiled Life Cycle Inventory data on materials and composite production processes. This data was aggregated and has been added to the US Department of Energy NREL LCI database. This information is used to generate Life Cycle Assessments of composite materials.
In addition to the NREL dataset population, this data was utilized to develop an internal industry tool that allows composite fabricators to analyze material and process changes and determine material and process combinations that provide reduced environmental impacts.
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.
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.