Sustainability 101

Q & A: What is a Life Cycle Assessment?

Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) are a technique of assessing the environmental impacts of a product by calculating its energy input and carbon output from cradle to grave. In other words, this technique analyzes all stages of a product’s life – manufacture, distribution, use, repair, maintenance, and disposal or recycling – to understand the environmental, social and economic impacts of the product over the course of its life.

LCAs are becoming more popular thanks to the many LCA software tools now being developed.

Many businesses choose to perform LCAs of the products they create or that serve an integral function to their business. LCAs can offer an important perspective on a product’s impact on the environment, and help businesses to see opportunities to mitigate that impact.

You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and LCAs are one way to start measuring. Ask your Great Forest representative for more information.

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