LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and CARBON FOOTPRINT

Analysis of the Cycle of Life, or Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an objective procedure for the evaluation of energy and environmental loads related to a process or activity, carried out by identifying energy and used materials and waste released into environment.

Through the LCA you can move from a typical approach of traditional engineering, which focuses on the separated study of the individual elements of production processes, to a global vision, in which are considered all the processes of transformation, from the extraction of raw materials to disposal (and possibly recycling / recovery) of the products at the end of life, passing through the stages of manufacturing and use.

In this logic, an approach like this, may constitute a support for:

  • the identification of solutions to improve the environmental performance of products at different stages of their life cycle;
  • decision makers in industry and government organizations or not (eg, strategic planning, priority choice, design or redesign of products or processes);
  • for the choice of indicators for environmental performance of products and/or processes;
  • for the implementation of policies of “Green marketing”;
  • for the development of eco-labels, such as Ecolabel, which uses the LCA as a tool for the development of ecological parameters;
  • for the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) according to Community models EMAS or international ISO 14000.

    In this context, the experience and the know-how highly specialized, together with the use of specific software, allow TREE Srl to provide to the Customer an assistance in the identification, in planning and in development of LCA analysis on any product or process .

    The carbon footprint is an environmental indicator that measures the impact of human activities on global climate and expresses quantitatively the effects produced by so-called greenhouse gases in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 - eq). The latest is calculated by multiplying the emissions of each greenhouse gas for its warming potential (GWP).

    The carbon footprint is an integral part of a LCA study, which analysis is limited to the measurement of emissions and total removals of climate-altering gases over the lifecycle of a product or service.

    The main advantages of the carbon footprint compared to a full LCA are the facility of communication and understanding by the public, and the opportunity to be directly connected to one of the environmental priorities universally recognized and addressed by environmental policies.

    For the above reasons, the carbon footprint is emerging as a marketing tool used by manufacturing industries not only to demonstrate a commitment to reduce the environmental impact, but also to highlight the sustainability of their products.

    The experience and the long-standing know-how of the TREE Srl researchers as part of LCA, make it a point of reference, both nationally and internationally, to whom entrust for the scientific determination of the carbon footprint of any product or process.