Product life cycle assessments

Product life cycle assessments (LCAs) assess the overall environmental impacts caused by a system of production, use and disposal activities (known as the product chain or the “product life-cycle”) necessary to provide a specific product.

Life cycle studies are typically comparative, i.e., they assess the environmental impacts of “potential” product substitutions (the choice of one product system instead of another). LCAs can also be performed to assess the consequences of wider decisions, projects, or the entire product portfolio of an enterprise. Most often our studies are policy-oriented, data-rich, and use monetary valuation of the environmental impacts (externalities).

You need not be bothered with all the technical details. But if you are interested in the more technical aspects, there are lots of references to textbook stuff and other publications at our Tools and Publications pages.

Below you will find a selection of our product life cycle assessments projects. To see work for specific industries or products you can go to the project page and use the sidebar to filter all of our projects.