Life Cycle Assessments & Carbon Footprints
Quantifying the environmental impact of products
Each product has an impact on the environment, such as CO2, land use and use of resources. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Carbon Footprint are methods to investigate the environmental impact of products and supply chains. These methods give insights in possible improvements in the supply chain.
How do Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprints work?Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and Carbon Footprints are research methods to gain insight in the full life cycle of a product. It quantifies all inputs and outputs. This means all phases of a product are taken into account and analysed, from raw materials, packaging, transport, retail and consumer towards disposal or recycling. This means a product will be studied from cradle-to-grave. An LCA shows where the environmental impact in the supply chain takes place. Hotspots are the locations in the supply chain with the highest environmental impact. Disclosure of these hotspots is an opportunity to improve a certain process or product. Eventually, this will lead towards savings in for instance raw materials, energy use and cost and a more sustainable product. In some cases the environmental advantages can also be used as selling point.
Different types of LCAs/Carbon Footprints
|LCA/Footprint||Internal/external use||Review/verification||Data||Deliverables||Project duration|
|Internal||Internal review||Company specific||Report and/or presentation||Appr. 1,5 months|
|External||Independent external review (1 expert)||Company specific & supply chain specific||Report and presentation||Appr. 2,5 months|
|External||Independent external review (3 experts)||Company specific & supply chain specific||Report and presentation||Appr. 5 months|
Sound basis to monitor environmental performanceLife Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprints give insights in the environmental impacts in the supply chain of a product. This forms a sound basis for companies and organisations which aim to monitor their environmental performance and develop strategies to reduce their impact. Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprints are executed according to standardised and internationally recognised methods, such as ISO 14000 and PAS 2050. Besides that, it is important to use reliable data, in order to reach consistent and transparent results.
Difference between Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon FootprintsThe difference between an LCA and a Carbon footprint are related to the impact categories which are studied. A Carbon Footprint is focused on one environmental impact category: greenhouse gas emissions (CO2). Meanwhile an LCA takes more impact categories into account, such as land use, water use and acidification.
Over the years we've supported many companies and organisations with Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprints. We can help you with the full path of an LCA or Carbon Footprint, from drafting towards interpreting the LCAs and Carbon Footprints of your products. Reach out to us to learn more.
Sustainability issuesInvestigating the impact of a product or process had many advantages. It is an opportunity to tackle various sustainability issues.
- Insights in saving options: You aim to get insights in saving options for energy and materials which are used in the production process.
- Increase market value: You want to increase market value, for instance by communication about the sustainability of your products.
- Insights in the environmental impact: Your clients or investors want insights in the environmental impact of your products or production process.
- Substantiate a strategic decision: You want to make certain strategic decisions, which need supporting information.
- Development of innovations: You want to know the environmental advantages of certain innovation ideas.
Did you know?
25% of all LCAs are related to the agri-food sector
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