Life Cycle Assessment
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an internationally-recognized tool on which more and more companies and governments rely. When implementing an ecodesign initiative, LCA is the best tool for assessing the environmental performance of a product, from initial concept to end-of-life.
LCA provides an overall assessment of potential environmental impacts that a packaging item, product, service or process may generate. By analyzing material flow as well as energy input and output, LCA quantifies impacts at each step of a product’s life cycle.
LCA findings enable a company to take concrete action to avoid impacts by optimizing products and processes.
Everything you need to know about the life cycle approach is here.
Guidelines for carrying out life cycle Assessment on packaging items
ÉEQ and the Conseil de la transformation agroalimentaire et des produits de consommation (CTAC) developed a best practices tool for packaging optimization to encourage food processing companies to carry out environmental LCA.
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Responding to regulatory requirements and market demand
The Guidelines enable companies to reap significant benefits, including:
- A reduction in the unit cost of LCA projects
- Time and resource savings, which result in better focused objectives
- Standardization of methodologies to ensure study quality and consistency
- Improvement in the comparative process and communication of LCA findings
The Guidelines are a response to consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly products and are the best option for food processing companies.
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