LCA Resource is a consulting firm specializing in Life Cycle Assessment study engagements which are customized to meet your environmental and sustainability directives and requirements. How the results of the LCA are to be shared is a primary factor in determining how an LCA engagement is structured. We help you answer the questions, “Why conduct an LCA? Are your stakeholders asking for transparency and disclosure? Are there potential hidden product and process performance improvements that may be discovered? What are your regulatory requirements?” With that feedback, we work with you in designing the most advantageous action plan scaled to meet your communication requirements.
We do this by not overwhelming our clients with LCA jargon and not employing a “one-size” fits all approach.
Our team assesses the project from all angles-that’s why companies select LCA Resource for their LCA needs.
What is Life Cycle Assessment
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“LCA enables the estimation of the cumulative environmental impacts resulting from all stages in the product life cycle, often including impacts not considered in more traditional analyses (e.g., raw material extraction, material transportation, ultimate product disposal, etc.). By including the impacts throughout the product life cycle, LCA provides a comprehensive view of the environmental aspects of the product or process and a more accurate picture of the true environmental trade-offs in product and process selection. The term “life cycle” refers to the major activities in the course of the product’s life-span from its manufacture, use, and maintenance, to its final disposal, including the raw material acquisition required to manufacture the product.”
The Life Cycle Initiative defines it as:
“Compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life cycle. (ISO 2006)”
In summary, an LCA:
- Map the stages of the product life cycle
- Identify inputs (energy, materials) and outputs (emissions, waste, by-products)
- Quantify and interpret impacts
How results from an LCA are used:
These days, many companies are being asked by their stakeholders to provide carbon-footprint information and environmental and health impact information. This information could be made public, such as the case of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), or, shared internally between industry groups, or, communicated up and down the supply-chain. The document which forms the basis for all of this information exchange is the Life Cycle Assessment.
Our intention is to get you the most value out of your LCA undertaking. With that goal in mind, our partners were selected on their ability to expand and deepen the scope of what life cycle assessment information can be used for.