17 May '11, 12pm

Transparency, Regulations Drive LCA Popularity

Transparency, Regulations Drive LCA Popularity

NEW YORK, NY — Interest in life cycle assessment (LCA) is rapidly growing as more companies realize the benefits of taking deeper looks at their products' impacts, according to a report. Although concerns about the cost and time associated with LCAs remain, a number of factors are expected to make assessments easier and more attractive. LCA is a method used to look at a wide range of environmental impacts — greenhouse gas emissions, water use, effects on human health and more — from the various life cycle stages associated with products, from raw material extraction to disposal. LCAs vary in scope, with some covering fewer stages than others or analyzing different impacts. "Every company that is serious about sustainability needs to incorporate life cycle thinking into its approach," said David Schatsky, lead analyst for the Green Research report "Life Cycle Assessment: A ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/05/17/transparency-regu...

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