- To provide students, employees and managers of SMEs with a wide-ranging vision of the constituent elements of Life Cycle Assessment methodology and the complexity of the problems associated with it
- To introduce to the principles of sustainability in particular its application to production and sustainable enterprise
- To present the international legislation (the range of ISO standards) which outlines and dictates the paths, procedures and appropriate protocols to obtain recognition and certification from the relevant regulatory authorities.
- To break down the complexity of the LCA methodology into a framework but at the same time allow the readers to access and appropriate specific knowledge
What You Will Learn
Module 1 provides the basic cognitive elements to a "non-specialist" user group composed of people, mainly high school students (middle schools and universities), employees and managers of SMEs in the footwear and textile sector, who wish to acquire knowledge and skills related to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The work gradually addresses the growing complexity to provide guidance and suggestions for those who wish a deeper understanding of the subject and to have an overview of the most recent international scientific thinking on the subject. The approach used by the authors is iterative and interactive in the sense that each chapter and/or paragraph presented has its own meaning and analytical autonomy but at the same time serves as a reference and contains knowledge for the development of chapters and subsequent parts.
Frequently asked questions
In LCA, how is the useful life (the time of use by the consumer) of a product estimated? for example, of footwear.
The useful life is the period during which the product is expected to be usable for the purpose it was acquired. As regards the footwear, is the period between the product leaving the company and its disposal.
When filling out the final disposal section in the LCA of footwear, what is the most objective final management option to select, according to the ones currently available in Europe?
Researchers performing LCA analysis can choose their preferred disposal solution. The important thing is that this choice is justified and specified in the first phase of the LCA (Goal definition and scope) analysis. For example, if the study concerns the life cycle of footwear in Andalusia. Reference should be made to the disposal methods applied in that specific Region.
Are there any educational programs to obtain adequate knowledge about LCA?
Companies that produce software for LCA analysis also offer specific courses. The most important companies in the industry are: PRé Sustainability, Greendelta, Thinkstep and ifu Hamburg GmbH.
What is the most suitable software for LCA?
Simapro, Gabi and OpenLCA.
In performing the LCA of a product, would it be correct to discount components that represent less than 10% by weight of the product?
Yes, it is correct, if the discounted components do not contain substances included in the list (RSL), considering the Criterion 6 of the Commission Decision (EU) 2016/1349 of 5 August 2016. In addition, clarifications on the discounted components must be specified in the LCA scope.