Lifecycle Analysis is a method of understanding the impact of products, from the start to the end of their journey or through their product lifecycle.
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 lifecycle analysis (LCA) to measure the total impact on the environment and mainly focus on carbon impacts.
LCAs are a powerful tool to identify “hotspots” in your supply chain:
places where you might not know the carbon emissions are hiding.
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 dive deeper into your supply chain, 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:
- Identifying “hotspots” of carbon emissions
- Enable greener design/manufacturing programmes
- Support supply chain collaboration
- Allow more informed decision making
- Meet the demands of customers for more sustainable products
- To provide details for marketing and communications programmes
How we can help
Our Net Zero Hub platform has a lifecycle analysis 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 lifecycle analysis to show you how to avoid some of the pitfalls of lifecycle analysis 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 lifecycle (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.