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What is an LCA?
Life cycle assessment, method for identifying and quantifying:
• raw materials and energy used
• emissions that end up in the environment.
At all stages of the product life cycle. From the extraction of raw materials to the waste phase such as incineration or recycling.
‘The results of the LCA investigation help us compare packagings (with similar functional requirements), thereby enabling us to help customers make the right sustainability-led choices. We are not guided by our perceptions, but by the facts. And so, we help businesses to demonstrably improve the sustainability of their assortment. The results of the LCA investigation also allow us to develop new, sustainable materials and packagings. Of course, we also consider present and future legislative issues to give our customers the best possible advice in relation to a future-proof packaging assortment.’
‘We calculate a packaging's environmental impact by means of an independent, scientific LCA method. This means mapping out a product's entire life cycle, from extraction of the raw material to end of life. We use technologically relevant knowledge of the product to gather the product data and apply it with a forensic approach. This is because it is not always possible to extract the data, due to the multiple links between producer and user. The forensic approach delivers the data we need, such as the product's exact composition. This makes environmental claims about a product much more reliable.’
helps quantify sustainability.
Where science meets packaging.
We quantify the environmental
impact of packaging.
‘We are not guided by our perceptions, but by the facts. And so, we help businesses to demonstrably improve the sustainability of their assortment.’
Dr Alan Campbell consulted the Nature & Environment Foundation and several academics when developing the LCA method to assess the environmental impact of packaging. In 2019 he gained his PhD from the University of Twente on the forensic approach of the Life Cycle Assessment. This forensic approach brings a greater level of reliability to a product’s environment claims.
Dr. Alan Campbell,
Technical director OF The LCA Centre