How does the LCA model work?
The LCA model imports data from various Avebe data systems. These data are then processed by an algorithm into a structured dataset and converted into a format suitable for use by LCA software packages. Key steps in the algorithm are linking the process inputs to background datasets, generating production chains by linking semi-finished products to end products, and converting the data into a format suitable for use by LCA software. In the LCA software the data are used in various environmental analyses. The results give Avebe valuable information about the environmental footprints of all its products and production sites.
Avebe uses the model to draw up its annual environmental footprint. These results can also be used in the company’s internal and external communication, for example in the form of product fact sheets.The results can also be used for the company’s sustainability reporting. The model is constructed so that in future it can easily be linked to other datasets and systems.