How is life cycle assessment beneficial for a company’s product/service?

An LCA is an assessment method that evaluates the resources utilized by a product or a service and the related effects on human wellbeing and the climate over its life cycle.

For a large part of the human population, the existence of a product begins with the supermarket and finishes when we discard it in the dustbin. We frequently ignore the fact that these product needs a lot of resources to make and the potential environmental impacts that it can have when it's disposed of. An LCA can assist organizations in exploring the possible impacts of their goods and services. For instance, an LCA of tea may factor in the water utilization and land utilization in growing the tea leaves, the energy utilization in making tea bags, the transportation effects of distribution to sellers, the energy to boil the water, and the ecological effects of disposing the tea bag after use. At the point when we zoom out to incorporate the whole life span of any product/service, somethings as harmless as possible might have a drastic impact on our environment. 

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A Life Cycle Analysis utilizes a range of information to assess the whole life span of a product/service. The assessment gives an insight of the effects that are generally huge (e.g., GHG emissions, water footprint, land use, non-renewable energy consumption) and the phase(s) of the life cycle that is responsible for the greatest impacts (e.g., raw material, manufacturing, use, end-of-life). Organizations use these outcomes to drive future choices around improving their supply chain and tell customers on the possible ecological effects of a product. At EurA, sustainability analysis (using LCA as a tool) is one of the services we provide to evaluate environmental impacts of your product or service.

 

There are numerous benefits of executing an LCA study. It enables organizations to:

  • Evaluate the in-flows and out-flows of a manufacturing cycle.
  • Identify the environmental hot spots of the product life cycle and highlights the process or input which has major environmental impacts.
  • Promote more environmentally friendly products & materials and determine a framework for improving the products’ impacts.
  • Compare their product against other products based on their own LCA information.

 

A Life Cycle Assessment is a top-to-bottom interaction that is normally separated into four phases:

  1. Goal Setting. The initial step is to define the objectives and scope of the analysis. This phase decides the question that needs to be answered and why it has to be answered, narrowing the scope of the study to be considered.
  2. Inventory. Information is collected on different inputs (like raw material, energy, and water use) and outputs (like product, waste).
  3. Impact Assessment. Information collected during the inventory phase is modelled into the LCA model, which computes impacts for the entire life cycle stage and gives the overall ecological impacts.
  4. Interpretation. This stage responds to the question presented while setting the goal and changes into inventory data and life cycle impact analysis results into information and knowledge.

 

An LCA's encourages us to stay away from unfortunate decisions, made by just considering a single part of the entire cycle. If we only emphasize recycling with respect to paper items, for instance, one may miss the fact that the energy used in the complete recycling process has more effect than making it from raw material. LCA stops us from exchanging one issue for another or possibly settling on a better choice while compromising.

As researchers, we really have confidence in the information-driven dynamic. We use Life Cycle Assessment to illuminate your knowledge regarding your product/service from the very beginning with respect to ecological impacts. While most organizations use LCA after the development of their product, we are adopting it from the very beginning of your development plan.

We are looking forward to sharing our expertise with you. Simply enquire about our service from Dr. Denise Ott by writing an email. 

 

 

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