Workshop: Being PRACTICAL about environmental reporting requirements
Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to set goals, make claims and manage transparency requirements
How do you report all the progress and efficiencies your firm has realized in the past decade?
To report this information, there had to be a starting point, a baseline from which to chart these improvements as well as calculating how profitable the changes were to the firm’s bottom line.
What about transparency requirements, either from your supply-chain, or, from other regulators in the industry sector?
Has your marketing team requested information about how the product, or, service ranks in terms of environmental impacts as compared to other products and services which fulfill the same need, or, use?
Considerations for mapping out an environmental reporting plan
Has your firm established a baseline from which to measure energy and material consumption improvements?
How is waste reduction being tracked and reported?
Are members in the upstream and downstream supply-chain requesting disclosure and transparency information?
Have there been new products released which use different materials (recycled?) and processes than the previous product lines?
Have you conducted a carbon footprint?
Are new plants being built?
Is water usage, and, reuse important to maintaining a competitive advantage?
The basis for addressing all of the above is a life-cycle assessment. Whether it is to supply information to your customers or clients, or to inform internal departments about environmental impact statements that can be released, LCA is the tool providing the methodology to produce credible information that can be shared with all of your stakeholders.
Scoping out the project
The “Who” and the “Why” of LCA is critical to define at project inception. Knowing who the results of the study are to be shared with in concert with the why the report is being produced are crucial in setting the appropriate scope. If a marketing comparison is going to be made public, that requires different criteria than if the results are being used for internal process improvements.
Start small, but, think BIG
Defining what the subject of the study is going to be can sometimes be a daunting task, thus, as the firm’s culture adjusts to these new reporting requirements, conduct a pilot-project to work out the kinks. The pilot can be used to construct a workflow for the projects moving forward, or, you may discover that the LCA tasks can piggy-back on existing workflow schemes already being utilized within the company. Once the team has been established, and the initial report has been produced, follow-up with a project summary to define best practices moving forward. The goal of any life cycle effort it to promote efficiencies via awareness raised during the project, throughout the entire organization eventually expanding out into the supply chain. Not only will efficiencies be realized, sales and marketing as well as EHS departments will continue to find new ways to utilize and disseminate the data compiled.
Getting Started-Be Practical
- Become informed about what is happening in the industry.
- Get the basics of LCA and how it applies to your requirements.
- Learn about LCA software and data.
- Experience a demonstration tailored to your specific needs.
- Understand how environmental impacts are determined and shared.
Our ½ to 1 day workshop assists in formulating a plan that is scaled to your specific requirements.
This project plan can be used to begin an LCA engagement, or, used to construct an RFP.
Benefits of this service
- Reduced cycle time for the project, thereby reducing project costs
- De-mystifying the LCA process
- Brings everyone together at the outset
- Highlights how one report can be leveraged for multiple uses
LCA Resource – The practical solution to environmental reporting
Address: 78 Bates Road, Swampscott, MA 01907