Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations
Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment as an analytical tool for the environmental impact of products, companies and services. If you want to plan sustainably with your company and identify ecological opportunities and risks in order to define and elaborate a long-term climate strategy, an analysis of the carbon footprint will help. This can be created for the whole company, for a product or for an event. The sum of all climate-relevant gases emitted by a product over its entire life cycle is calculated. Depending on the question, we use different standards to determine a carbon footprint – in any case, you can look forward to professional support from setting the target to data collection and implementation! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or phone.
Our procedure is consistent with the Life Cycle Assessment but with a focus on climate impacts (greenhouse potential):
- Establishing the objectives, system boundaries, and suitable methods;
- Collection of data and calculation of the emissions;
- Compilation of a detailed carbon footprint balance sheet;
- Analysis of the relevant emission factors;
- Identification of management options, measures and recommendations;
- Support during the implementation of measures, monitoring and report preparation.
Environmental Product Declarations
EPDs cover environmental criteria, such as raw material consumption or greenhouse potential, over the entire life cycle of the product, as well as further specifications. Consumers are not in the position to carry out Life Cycle Assessments personally on all products they buy. Nevertheless, they do demand that certain social and environmental criteria are fulfilled by their choice. Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) in accordance with ISO 14025 are based on the Life Cycle Assessment requirements and support clients who wish to communicate the environmental performance of their products – EPDs are made and certified by independents. The information in EPDs is relatively large. If you want to compare EPDs with each other, you will reach the limits at the latest when the comparisons of the individual indicators are different, and the question arises as to which information should now be considered for an ecological selection. Only by weighting the various life cycle assessment data on the basis of an overall assessment of the environmental impact (environmental footprint) will it be possible to compare the EPDs.