What is an LCA?
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) allows your company to assess environmental impacts associated with all stages of a product’s or service life, considering the majority of upstream and downstream activities. These activities cover raw material extraction and processing, manufacturing, distribution, use, and end-of-life utilization. The primary purpose of LCA is to provide a quantitative assessment of various environmental impacts of your solutions and to assist you in making informed decisions regarding their improvement opportunities.
How can SustainX guide you?
LCA is not just a computational tool. It is a set of methodological steps to define focus, select relevant life cycle phases, collect associated data, conduct the assessment, and interpret the results. It is not easy, but here at SustainX, we guide you through the process by ensuring the technical and scientific validity of all the steps and equipping you with the knowledge to use and communicate the results correctly.
Compliance with international standards
Since SustainX adheres to the international standards ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 for conducting LCA, you can confidently communicate the results.
LCA can strengthen your company's sustainable product development and strategic positioning by providing you with knowledge about your product and its energy usage.
The LCA results provide an opportunity to distinguish yourself from competitors and build robust communication with stakeholders, suppliers, and customers
Let's get technical
Every LCA process consists of four steps
Goal and scope definition
In this step, you decide on the goal of the analysis by defining what part of the product life cycle to assess, what boundaries to set, and how the results are intended to be used
In this step, you examine environmental data that cover inputs and outputs to your product’s life cycles. The inputs represent the consumption of materials, energy, water, and chemicals. The outputs cover pollution and waste that is part of the product’s life.
In this step, the input and output data from the inventory analysis are translated into the environmental impact of the selected product or solution. One of the well-known environmental impacts is the climate change indicator, which is used to quantify the product’s carbon footprint in the scope. However, the LCA can assess other environmental impacts, such as ozone depletion, land use, and more.
In this step, you review results in light of the defined scope, boundaries, and limitations. After ensuring compliance with the selected standard, you can communicate LCA results to your company, customers, and stakeholders.