GLRPPR Sector Resource: Life Cycle Assessment explained
Life Cycle Assessment explained
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) models the complex interaction between a product and the environment from cradle to grave. It is also known as Life Cycle Analysis or Ecobalance.
Download our SimaPro Introduction to LCA (PDF, 1MB) for an extensive introduction in LCA, and the Tutorial to start your first LCA example in the SimaPro demo.
There are two main steps in an LCA:
1. Describe which emissions will occur and which raw materials are used during the life of a product. This is usually referred to as the inventory step.
2. Assess what the impacts of these emissions and raw material depletions are. This is referred to as the impact assessment step.
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