Life Cycle Analysis
There are many certification schemes out there, but what does each of them mean? A good way to measure the environmental aspect of sustainability is by a tool called the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) The LCA monitors the impact of a product in its full life cycle: from manufacturing to the use phase and the end-of-life situation – where recycling possibilities are relevant.
Within the LCA all aspects that influence the environmental footprint are evaluated. Think of factors such as raw materials used, the production, transport, energy use and emissions to air, soil and water. This makes it a very complete assessment. With a Life Cycle Analysis, you can make an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).