Since 2016, LCA Design Corporation has supported businesses to determine their environmental impacts through life cycle assessment to improve their sustainability and circularity. The analysis and feedback from the LCA can help propel a business forward in its mission to become more sustainable. Whether it is to assess one product or a product line, one process, or an entire plant, life cycle analysis (LCA) can be a powerful method providing greater insight and clarity for your company. The results from the LCA can also be incorporated into annual corporate sustainability reporting and marketing to showcase the steps you have taken to improve your environmental impacts.
Sustainability Benefits of Life Cycle Analysis
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a methodology used to assess the environmental impacts of a product or service throughout its entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the disposal of the final product. LCA includes all the stages of a product’s life, such as raw material extraction, production, transportation, use, and end-of-life disposal. The goal of LCA is to identify and evaluate the environmental burdens associated with a product or service and to identify opportunities for improvement. The results of an LCA can be used to compare the environmental performance of different products or services, to inform product design and development, and to support decision-making in the areas of environmental management, product labeling, and policy development. A third-party LCA expert can provide objective analysis and support along the process utilizing ISO 14040/44 Standards.
Carbon Removal LCA Services
Carbon removal technologies and practices are used to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. These technologies aim to reduce the overall levels of CO2 in the atmosphere by capturing and storing greenhouse gas. Some examples of carbon removal services include:
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves capturing CO2 emissions from power plants and industrial facilities and storing them underground.
- Direct air capture (DAC) uses machines that absorb CO2 directly from the atmosphere.
- Afforestation and reforestation involve planting trees and other vegetation to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis.
- Soil carbon sequestration aims to increase the amount of carbon stored in soils.
Carbon removal technologies are considered a potential solution to the challenge of reducing carbon emissions. They can be used to offset emissions that cannot be reduced through other means.
Life cycle assessment is used to determine the net carbon removal. Quantification methodologies for various carbon removal technologies are available which detail the process and scope for the life cycle analysis. LCA Design would ensure the methodology is correctly applied and provide an LCA report and calculation model for your company.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
Life cycle analysis is also used for developing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), and LCA Design can help you along the EPD process. An EPD is based on a transparent and open framework and international standards to give comparable information within the same product group. The EPD is the final report, while the LCA is the foundation.