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Why a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is beneficial

Why do your products need a Life cycle assessment? Our experts will answer you.

Estimated time to read: 5 minutes

20.03.2024

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) involves systematically mapping and evaluating environmental and resource impacts across the entire lifespan of a product. Almost like using a magnifying glass on every step of a product’s life, from creation to recycling.

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a fundamental aspect of success. Companies worldwide are increasingly recognizing the importance of understanding and mitigating their environmental impact to stay relevant, both in the eyes of consumers and regulatory bodies.

LCAs make sustainability tangible

Drawing from her research at MIT and over a decade of hands-on experience, Khadija Benis has become adept in Life Cycle Assessments, recognizing them as indispensable tools for companies to pinpoint environmental impacts. This sentiment is shared by Customer Success Manager, Jona Roßmann, who often witnesses firsthand the benefits for manufacturers, noting that LCAs provide useful insights even before formal Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). Consequently, many customers appreciate the clarity LCAs offer, providing concrete figures on environmental impacts such as recycling, production waste, and transportation, ultimately making sustainability tangible, quantifiable, and objective.

Your 3 reasons why

Product-specific LCAs can help you pinpoint improvement opportunities for your business in many ways. Together, Khadija and Jona give us their top reasons for why companies should be doing an LCA:

  1. Benchmark environmental performance: By doing LCAs, companies can effectively benchmark their environmental performance against industry competitors, established standards, and best practices. This comparative analysis equips companies to remain competitive in an increasingly environmentally conscious market.
  2. Prioritize sustainability initiatives: The insights from LCAs empower companies to decide on the most efficient sustainability initiatives. How this looks like at Emidat is a first mapping of environmental implications for various scenarios, including supplier changes, material substitutions, process enhancements, and technological advancements. Then, by using scenario analyses, we illustrate the potential impact of implementing specific measures, such as increasing recycling rates, transitioning to renewable energy sources, or adopting more environmentally friendly raw materials. In other words, providing a roadmap for achieving improved sustainability outcomes.
  3. Communicate environmental achievements: LCAs enable companies to transparently communicate their environmental achievements to key stakeholders, including customers, investors, and regulatory bodies. By quantifying and presenting tangible environmental progress, companies enhance their credibility and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability leadership.

The future awaits

Conducting an LCA for your products isn’t just about meeting current standards; it’s about future-proofing your business. By delving into the environmental implications of your products and services, you pave the way for informed decision-making across your supply chain. Not only does it ensure regulatory adherence, but it also signals your commitment to environmental stewardship.

Additionally, the 2024 revision of the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR) will require manufacturers to provide an LCA for every construction product that complies with International and European standards such as ISO 14040, ISO 14044, and EN 15804+A2.

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