As a sustainability lead you are often faced with complex sustainability decisions. For example, you are considering packaging your new product in plastic or glass bottles but unclear about the environmental impact. If your product is harmful to the environment or to customers, you are likely to attract negative attention.
While you want to improve the sustainability of your products and packaging, the decision to implement change is unique to every business and requires holistic overview & analytical rigour.
Conducting a life cycle assessment (LCA) is a great way of identifying the right actions and approach for your business
Make confident decisions with LCAs
LCA is an analytical decision-making tool used to evaluate your environmental impact throughout the life cycle of product, services, processes and supply chain. This means that you will gain transparency of some of the environmental impact associated with scope 3 emissions. Scope 3 emissions such as the purchase of capital goods, use of sold product and end of life treatment of sold products contribute to 40% of business carbon footprint. LCA is a relevant approach to understand the full picture of emissions across your value chain and enable you to set specific targets and solutions. LCA allows you quantify environmental impacts that are beyond carbon emissions such as global warming, water consumption, energy consumption, ozone layer depletion and human health.
You need to carry out an LCA if you are looking to:
Key benefits of conducting an LCA assessment:
The importance of LCA is increasing as it helps to quantify progress related to various sustainability topics such as Science Based Targets and Sustainable Development Goals. To set environmental targets you must first assess your current environmental impact. LCA takes a business from raw material extraction through to materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, maintenance and end of life.
Our LCAs are based on ISO 14000 series; 14040:2006, 14044:2006. LCA can also be used to support other environmental certifications like Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), Product Environmental Footprints (PEF) and Eco-labelling. EPDs are third-party verified and publicly available documentation which are registered to show the environmental impact of a product or service. In addition to conducting an LCA we support with your EPD which is used to communicate and demonstrate the performance of your product or service. Many organisations are seeing the value of conducting LCAs as this allows transparency for potential customers and shareholders.
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