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Sustainability Forum – The Sustainability Benefits of Life-Cycle Assessment
October 2, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Please note new location.
With the current market focus on reducing packaging and carbon emissions, corporations are seeking sound methodologies to determine where to focus and which initiatives to prioritize. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool which companies are using to help them establish their baseline data metrics. A carbon footprint is an LCA focusing on carbon emissions. A packaging footprint is a holistic view of the overall impacts your packaging may have. There are many different approaches to conducting a study of this nature. Very rigorous studies are typically used for comparative analysis of products and services, and others which help manufacturers design a more “environmentally friendly” product by screening their materials, energy and water use and overall waste. Companies are using LCA to develop a more logistically sound supply-chain as well as produce packaging with zero waste-to-landfill. As companies are being asked by their investors and customers for more metrics about their environmental and social performance, LCA is one of the tools used to provide this data.
(Free to NSTC members)