Decerna grows Life Cycle Assessment team

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Blyth based Decerna (previously known as Narec Distributed Energy) has added a new member to the Life Cycle Assessment team.

This team within Decerna undertake LCA studies following the principles of ISO 14040/44, in order to understand a wide range of environmental impacts within the life cycle of products and identify environmental hotspots within those lifecycles.

The new member of the team, Jonathan Forbes, recently graduated from Newcastle University, completing a masters in sustainable chemical engineering. During his studies, he gained an interest and enthusiasm for the concept and completion of Life Cycle Assessments. Jonathan’s area of expertise surrounds the utilisation of microorganisms within chemical engineering. His dissertation was completed around the subject of wastewater treatment with algae.

Decerna is currently a partner within the Horizon Europe REALM project, in which the organisation in undertaking the LCA of a range of microalgae products, and competitor products. Jonathan is a core part of the team working on this project, with his study of chemical engineering, his knowledge of processes will be his key strength during his time in the LCA group.

This appointment signifies the beginning of a rapid growth and capacity of Decerna’s LCA team. This expansion will allow Decerna to help a wide range of clients reduce the environmental impacts of their products, and thus make a significant impact on combatting the climate crisis.

For any Life Cycle Assessment enquiries please call 01670 543 009 or email

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