A life cycle assessment is a method of understanding the impact of products, from the start to the end of their journey or through their product life cycle.

As we try to make the world more circular (use the waste from one process as a resource for another), it is vital that we get a deeper understanding of the impacts at each stage. At Energise, we use life cycle assessments (LCA) to measure the total impact on the environment.

LCAs are a powerful tool to identify “hotspots” in your supply chain: places where you might not know the carbon emissions are hiding.

Life Cycle Assessment

What you need to know

LCAs are able to support you in product improvements (as a manufacturer), in design processes (e.g. creating a menu), in purchasing decisions, to add detail/credibility to your sustainability strategy/plans, support your marketing & communications and much more. 

Questions for our LCA team?

If you want to explore where efficiencies to products and services can be made, we’d love to hear from you.

How do LCAs move you closer to Net Zero?

LCAs are generally used for a wide range of reasons, including: 

  1. Identifying “hotspots” of carbon emissions
  2. Enable greener design/manufacturing programmes
  3. Support supply chain collaboration
  4. Allow more informed decision making
  5. Meet the demands of customers for more sustainable products
  6. To provide details for marketing and communications programmes

How we can help

Our Net Zero Hub platform has a life cycle assessment module, and we have a database of thousands of carbon factors for the individual materials that might be part of a product journey. Working with you, we can provide life cycle assessment to show you how to avoid some of the pitfalls of life cycle assessment as a technique, and how we use this tool together to create a deeper understanding of how to decarbonise your supply chain.

 

Our typical service in this area conducts an analysis on agreed boundaries of the life cycle (e.g. cradle-to-grave, cradle-to-gate, cradle-to-cradle) by mapping out the process with you, then collating the relevant datasets from you and compiling the LCA. The report will be presented with data analysis as well as commentary on actions you could take next to progress decarbonisation. 

Got a question about LCAs?


 

 
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