Recent years have seen an increasing interest in describing the performance of extended industrial systems in terms of the consumption of energy and raw materials and the emission of solid liquid and gaseous wastes. In this context, an extended system is one that starts with raw materials in the earth and traces all industrial and consumer operations until final disposal of the product at the end of its useful life. In other words the system is examined over the whole life cycle of the products – often referred to as cradle to grave.

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment - LCA is an ISO standardized methodology characterized by a new approach to analyze industrial systems: from the typical traditional engineering, which focuses on the separate study of individual elements of the production process, to a comprehensive overview of the system (life cycle), in which all the processes, from raw material extraction to disposal at the end of life, are taken into account for the development of the analogical model. This way of studying production systems belongs to an innovative culture that represents a part of the approach to support the sustainable development, whose fundamental aims are natural resources conservation and minimization of effects of human activities on the environment.

Governed by ISO 14040 - ISO 14044, the methodology has been widely applied in various sectors and represents the corner stone to develop selection criteria for environmental labels (i.e the European Union Ecolabel) and GPP (Green Public Procurement) as well as environmental labels and declarations (i.e. EPDs). 

Life Cycle Assessment, ecoprofile and ecobalance studies
Life Cycle Engineering offers his experience to develop environmental assessments of a products through a robust application of the LCA methodology and a correct interpretation of results .  

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