The Second European Life Cycle Assessment Workshop

The increased awareness of the importance of environmental protection, and the possible impacts associated with products, both manufactured and consumed, has increased interest in the development of methods to better understand and address these impacts. One of the existing techniques for this purpose is life cycle assessment (LCA).

LCA addresses the environmental aspects and potential environmental impacts (e.g. use of resources and the environmental consequences of releases) throughout a product’s life cycle from raw material acquisition through production, use, end-of-life treatment, recycling and final disposal (i.e. cradle-to-grave).

LCA can assist in:

Identifying opportunities to improve the environmental performance of products at various points in their life cycle;

Informing decision-makers in industry, government or non-government organizations (e.g. for the purpose of strategic planning, priority setting, product or process design or redesign);

The selection of relevant indicators of environmental performance, including measurement techniques;

Marketing (e.g. implementing an ecolabelling scheme, making an environmental claim, or producing an environmental product declaration).