Gate to Gate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
The Gate-to-Gate LCA is a comprehensive analysis conducted in accordance with ISO 14040, aimed at evaluating the potential environmental impacts associated with the production of a pesticide within the client’s factory. This case study explores the LCA methodology, data requirements, and impact assessment, derived from the study.
Methodology and Scope
The LCA study followed ISO 14040 guidelines and focused on the environmental impacts during production with the boundaries defined as the factory entry gate to the exit gate. The study required collaboration with the client to collect the necessary data for a thorough analysis.
Data Collection and Analysis
To conduct the LCA, we looked at data on power consumption, to assess its related impacts such as global warming potential, human toxicity, water eco-toxicity, and abiotic depletion using LCA software. This gave insight into the overall environmental impact at each stage of production. By calculating the gate-to-gate impact, a comprehensive understanding of the overall environmental footprint of the production process was obtained.
Gate-to-Gate Impact Assessment
The gate-to-gate impact assessment revealed the cumulative environmental impacts associated with the production process. By quantifying the energy requirements of the production process, the study identified areas of high impact that warrant attention.
Benefits & Impact
The gate-to-gate LCA provided valuable insights into the environmental impacts associated with the client’s manufacturing process. Implementing the suggested opportunities can lead to improved environmental performance, enhanced sustainability, and a positive reputation in the market.