LCA - Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is now an established tool that is commonly used for a wide range of applications. Any goods or service can be studied using this methodology. An LCA is an in-depth examination of the product system aimed at assessing all the environmental impacts directly and indirectly associated with it, throughout its life cycle (in the case of goods, from extraction of raw materials to final disposal).

Why conduct an LCA?

Businesses conduct LCAs for many reasons, the most common of which are:

  • to identify the phases of a production process that have the highest impact, with a view to implementing optimisations;
  • to compare different ways of producing the same goods, so as to identify the one with the lowest environmental impact;
  • to obtain specific environmental certifications, such as an EPD;
  • to take part in public and private tender procedures in which LCAs add value to the product/service concerned.

Why IMQ?

Life cycle assessments are very complex studies that require the use of specific skills and software. Backed by its team of experts, IMQ can support customers by carrying out a gap analysis and critical review at the same time as the assessment, thus providing customers with top-quality work in accordance with the applicable standards. Reference standard: ISO series 14040 and 14044.

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