Life Cycle Assessment Consultation

Life Cycle Assessment Consultation

Environmental issues in industry have usually focused on the manufacturing plant. Air emissions, water discharges, and waste disposal have attracted the attention of government regulators as well as manufacturing and services companies. Companies paid attention to environmental releases, not only because of the external review they brought, but also because the releases represented decreased efficiencies and increased costs.

Life Cycle Assessment is a technique to assess the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product, process or activity by identifying, quantifying and assessing the impact of energy, material usage and environmental releases through its life cycle from cradle to grave, and to implement opportunities to affect environmental considerations.

Benefits of applying LCA:

  • LCA is an analytical tool with a methodology recognized by ISO Organization that can support decision-making, highlighting efficiency opportunities along a value chain.
  • LCA provides a “what if” mechanism to optimize the product/service life cycle and “minimize” energy and environmental emissions along the value chain.
  • LCA helps to identify “trade-offs” and ensure that changes in one part of the process (or formulation of a product/ a service) do not result in a higher footprint (or higher energy usage or more emissions) in another part of the process.
  • LCA could help optimize investments in Research and Development. The use of LCAs to examine a variety of inputs, formation, or process changes in new product/service development saves time and expense before a final decision is made.
  • Benchmarking environmental emissions is a great output from an LCA. Whether it is the amount of air emissions that contribute to global warming or GHG emissions, water effluents, amount of solid waste generated after the product is used, or energy usage throughout the product/service life cycle is a key feature of an LCA.
  • LCA provides the basis for a new generation of environmental foot-printing initiatives such as carbon footprint studies, water footprint studies, that focus on a more specific category than the full scope of an LCA.
  • Conducting LCA studies can be used to support marketing strategies through communicating their results in various approaches such as Issuing LCA Reports, Research Papers, or Environmental Product Declaration or Type III eco label for the Product.

Procedures:

  • Preparation and Training: to start the life cycle assessment study
  • Goal and Scope Definition: to discuss with key management and stakeholders within company to identify the study goal and system boundaries.
  • Life Cycle Inventory: to quantify the energy and raw material requirements, atmospheric emissions, waterborne emission, solid wastes, and other releases for the entire life cycle of the product.
  • Life Cycle Impact Assessment: to examine the production system from an environmental perspective using Environmental Impact Categories and Indicators connected with the product LCI results.
  • Life Cycle Interpretation: to assure that all methods and data used in the study fit the Goal and Scope of the study and identify the potential improvements in the Production system.
  • Life Cycle Assessment Reporting and Review: to complete and launch the LCA Study report.
  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPD): to complete and launch the EPD report, disclosing the life cycle environmental performance of products and services, also known as a Type III environmental declaration, or Type III eco label for the Product.

 

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