What is a Life Cycle Assessment?

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What is a Life Cycle Assessment?

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an environmental evaluation approach that considers the entire life cycle of a product or service, from raw material acquisition through processing, distribution, use, and end-of-life processes. LCA is a multi-criteria approach i.e. it takes into account several environmental issues. Through such a perspective, environmental burden shifting between life cycle stages or individual processes can be identified and avoided. A similar approach is undertaken for LCA of organisations or projects.

The ISO 14044:2006 standard specifies requirements and provides guidelines for life cycle assessment (LCA).



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