Life Cycle Management (LCM) considers the comprehensive impact a product or service has on the environment. Life Cycle Management includes the product’s entire Life Cycle from Cradle to Grave including the environmental impact of the
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Carbon Footprint measures greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which most significantly includes
Scope 1: Direct Emissions result from fuels consumed by the company on site for equipment, vehicles, and heating.
Scope 2: Indirect Emissions resulting from power plants producing electricity purchased by the company.
Scope 3: Indirect Emissions resulting from fuels consumed outside of the company by
Direct Water Use is fresh water consumed during manufacturing or production of the product or service as well as for any support activities.
Indirect Water Use is fresh water consumed by the extraction and processing of raw materials.
Green Water Footprint - The amount of water from precipitation that is used to make the product.
Blue Water Footprint - The amount of surface water and groundwater that is used to make the product.
Grey Water Footprint - The amount of freshwater that is used to dilute polluted production wastewater to meet water quality regulations.
In the next section I'll introduce some of the common tools used by companies with successful Life Cycle Management programs.
LCA is the primary tool to assess your company's current and ongoing environmental impacts.
After defining the goal and scope of the analysis, an inventory is created to document inputs and outputs of the process, product, or system covering all life cycle phases including
LCA provides an organized, consistent approach to evaluate processes, products, or systems which leads to meaningful and useful Life Cycle Impact Assessments (LCIA)
You want to project your sincere concern for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility. There's a clear Business Case for Sustainability because consumers are increasingly purchasing from Green Companies. If you want to grow or even simply maintain market share, incorporating Life Cycle Thinking is important now. You also want to reduce the risk that companies consuming your products and services as part of their supply chain will seek alternative, greener sources in pursuit of their Sustainability Initiatives.
Life Cycle Management is the key to implementing Life Cycle Thinking. We listen to your business goals regarding what you want to achieve and communicate to your customers and stakeholders via advertising, label content, and other means. We may have recommendations you may not have considered. We then design a process to achieve your goals.
As experienced business people, we realize profitability is important! Therefore, ROI is not ignored in our approach to Sustainability. We also realize that the quality of your products and services are integral to your brand
Life Cycle Assessment Analyses are tedious and time-consuming even for experienced Sustainability experts. Engineers in well-run, lean, and efficient companies already have a full plate with their regularly assigned duties. When your engineering department realizes the scope and complexity of a Life Cycle Assessment study, they may be tempted to throw up their hands. Furthermore, you don't want to sacrifice other key aspects of your operations for the sake of Sustainability. Instead, your Sustainability Initiative should complement and enhance your overall operations.
Competent Sustainability Consulting Engineers can build the models, expedite obtaining data from available databases as well as identifying other required data and methods for data collection. We work with and train your in-house personnel to make them as independent as possible going forward.
Your common sense tells you the qualities you want in your Sustainability Consultant.
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Lisa Peterson, Ph.D., PE, MBA is President of Aftan Engineering and presently licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Michigan. Lisa a Sustainability Consultant, Life Cycle Management Expert, experienced Environmental Engineer, business person, and uniquely qualified to assist you with your Sustainability Initiatives.