Consortium looks to cut environmental impact -

Consortium looks to cut environmental impact


LONDON — The Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium is being coordinated by the U.K.’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), to target materials and process decisions that control the environmental impact of engineered products.

It will develop information resources and software to aid members’ response to environmental regulations and to enable design for minimum environmental impact, including low carbon footprint, energy efficiency, reduced wastes and emissions, and avoidance of restricted substances.

The three-year project began on July 1 with founder members Emerson Electric, Eurocopter, NASA, and Rolls-Royce and is expected to grow to between ten and fifteen member organizations. Granta Design is the primary software developer for the consortium.

The starting point for the EMIT consortium will be proven technology developed at Granta and the University of Cambridge covering eco property data, eco analysis software, and materials information management. Consortium members will implement and apply this technology in their design processes, and guide its further development and integration.

The model for the project is the Material Data Management Consortium, which brought together leaders in aerospace, defense, and energy to develop best practice approaches and software to manage mission-critical materials data. The MDMC is now in its sixth year, with seventeen active member organizations.

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