All products and services impact the environment during their manufacture, use, and disposal. Lifecycle analysis—also known as lifecycle assessment or cradle-to-grave analysis—is a technique used to measure the environmental impacts like resource and energy consumption as well as pollution emission during each stage of a product’s lifetime.
Lifecycle analysis can help businesses determine which single stage in their product’s lifecycle most impacts the environment. It can also be used to compare the environmental impacts of several similar products or services. Businesses can use this information to improve their products by redesigning manufacturing, operation, and disposal processes to lessen environmental impacts.
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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
A Small Sample of Life Cycle Analysis Providers in the Boston Area
- EPA Life Cycle Analysis Resources | Life Cycle Assessment
- United Nations Environmental Program’s Towards a Lifecycle and Sustainability Assessment
- Conducting a Lifecycle Analysis – B Resource Guide
In The News
- “Wal-Mart, Seventh Generation, Tetra Pak Test Drive Earthster LCA Tool” Environmental Leader, November 2010