Oftentimes the hardest part of going green is the first step. Want a cure to get your business on its way to a more sustainable future? Completing a Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, is a great way to gain a better understanding of your current impacts. After having a firm grasp on the problem, the solution comes naturally!
Introduction to Life Cycle Assessments: A Primer for Business Ownersfirst explains the importance of going through the LCA process. Then we get a step-by-step walkthrough to the process itself, all four phases of it. This walkthrough is a great way to discover how your company specifically can benefit from the LCA process. After understanding what the LCA is, Introduction to Life Cycle Assessments: A Primer for Business Owners, describes numerous approaches that you can use: whether you want a full service package or a self-assessment.
Some of the reflections you are left with include:
- Do I need a product that emphasizes optimization and cost reduction?
- Do I want a product that assists in the design process?
- How flexible do I want to be in my assessment output?
…just to name a few! Answer these and choosing an LCA will be a more strategic and tailored approach versus a haphazard learning process.