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#015: Dr Beverley Henry explains wool’s Life Cycle Assessment

Dr Beverley Henry Wool Academy Podcast 015

Insights from the expert on wool’s Life Cycle Assessment

In this episode, Dr. Beverley Henry talks about why the opinions about the sustainability for fibres varies so much and how we can find common grounds through the method of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). She shares with us the latest findings on LCA research for wool and how this is integrated into the textile supply chain. Beverley  explains how individual companies can use the available research on LCA to improve their product footprint.

About Dr. Beverley Henry

Dr Beverley Henry is a member of the IWTO Wool Life Cycle Assessment Technical Advisory Group, an Adjunct Associate Professor with Queensland University of Technology, and a consultant to agricultural industries. For over 30 years she has conducted research on agricultural systems focusing on profitability and sustainability especially in variable climates and markets.  Beverley is particularly interested in the integration of grazing in extensive pastoral regions with effective environmental management and in communicating the value of these systems.  She is a member of Australian Government technical groups on climate change and research issues and a member of several national and international Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Standards bodies, including roles with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and International Standards Organization.

Connect with Beverley Henry here

Beverley’s profile at the Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, Australia

More information about wool LCA on the IWTO website


Key Timestamps

[spp-timestamp time=”01:26″] About Dr. Beverley Henry.

[spp-timestamp time=”03:41″] How did sheep and wool got blamed for climate change?

[spp-timestamp time=”08:04″] What factors gave wool a a falsly negative environmental rating?

[spp-timestamp time=”12:30″] What is Life Cycle Assessment?

[spp-timestamp time=”14:32″] What LCA for wool is so complex?

[spp-timestamp time=”17:31″] Sheep farming and wool production is highly diverse, which makes LCA also very complex.

[spp-timestamp time=”19:04″] Overview of the research results achieved by the LCA Technical Advisory Group.

[spp-timestamp time=”29:02″] Making sure that the LCA research makes a difference.

[spp-timestamp time=”29:17″] How can companies use the LCA research for their business.

[spp-timestamp time=”33:17″] Beverley gives an outlook on the research and communication ahead.



About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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