Life Cycle Analysis

The environmental impact of a product is largely determined at the design stage and mistakes made here can embed unsustainable practice for the lifetime of the product.

Lifecycle analysis (LCA) enables understanding and quantification of impacts and benefits of a product or service throughout the whole lifecycle from sourcing raw materials to ultimate disposal at end of life.

It is vital to develop and apply lifecycle thinking, to understand where the highest environmental impacts are incurred, and which interventions are necessary to reduce these.

In addition to formal ISO-standard LCA approaches, we need to develop flexible and agile tools to allow us to apply lifecycle thinking throughout the innovation process.

The CCaLC tool (Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle of Industrial Activities)

This life cycle analysis tool was designed to answer the industry need for a viable option to measure and then communicate life cycle impact along chemical supply chains. It was developed in collaboration with chemical engineers from Manchester University and a range of industry partners.

The project has been led by Adisa Azapagic, Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester. Chemistry Innovation is a partner in the project, We have incorporated CCaLC into our Sustainable Design Guide and in the BIOCHEM project.