|1. Life Cycle Assessment – Product/Service Environmental (PEF) |
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a holistic method evaluating the environmental impact of a product’s entire life cycle, from raw materials to disposal. It includes three common approaches: Cradle-to-Gate, Cradle-to-Grave, and Cradle-to-Cradle. LCA follows ISO 14044:2006 standards, starting with goal and scope definition and progressing to inventory analysis. It considers various impact categories such as global warming potential and resource depletion. LCA uncovers environmental “hotspots,” enabling companies to optimise supply chains, materials, and processes for reduced impact. This informed decision-making enhances sustainability, competitiveness, and compliance with global standards.
Key Benefits of this assessment:
· Comprehensive Environmental Assessment: LCA evaluates a product’s entire life cycle, identifying environmental impacts.
· Standardised Global Comparison: ISO 14044:2006 ensures results are internationally comparable.
· “Hotspot” Identification: Helps pinpoint areas where environmental impact can be reduced, informing decision-making.
· Supply Chain Optimisation: Enables companies to optimise supply chains, materials, and processes.
· Enhanced Sustainability: Supports sustainability efforts by reducing environmental footprints.
· Competitive Advantage: Allows businesses to remain competitive by aligning with global standards and reducing environmental impact.
2. Life Cycle Assessment – Organisational Environmental Footprint (OEF)
The Organisational Environmental Footprint (OEF) method assesses an organisation’s environmental impact, much like Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) does for products. It aligns with Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology and includes sector-specific guidance, simplifying assessments. Key components include defining the organisation and portfolio, sector-specific guidelines, and distinguishing between organisational and OEF boundaries. OEF analysis empowers organisations to identify environmental pressures, collaborate with value chain partners, and reduce their footprint while complying with regulations. Embracing OEF can enhance environmental performance in line with the European Commission’s initiatives.
Key benefits of this service for your organisation:
· Comprehensive Environmental Assessment: OEF evaluates an organisation’s entire environmental footprint.
· Alignment with PEF Methodology: It follows Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules.
· Clear Definitions: Establishes well-defined system boundaries, product portfolios, and reporting intervals.
· Sector-Specific Guidance: Offers industry-specific rules for more efficient assessments.
· Environmental Improvement: Helps identify areas for enhancement and reduce the organisation’s environmental impact.
· Regulatory Compliance: Ensures alignment with evolving environmental regulations and standards.
· Enhanced Collaboration: Facilitates cooperation with value chain partners for sustainability improvements.