Screening-Level Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
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Perform a screening-level life cycle assessment (LCA) during design at a fraction of the time and cost of a full LCA. SolidWorks Sustainability software enables you to perform a screening-level LCA during design, which streamlines the process if a full, ISO 14040-certified LCA is performed. Environmental LCA is the most comprehensive and widely accepted method for measuring the environmental impacts of product designs.
The Science of Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
LCA is a systematic method for measuring the environmental impacts of products and processes, and screening-level LCA provides important environmental impact information during product design.
- Perform a screening-level LCA on four traditional LCA indicators , including carbon footprint, total energy consumption, air impacts, and water impacts.
- The data used to perform the screening level LCA is from the ISO 14040-compliant GaBi Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database , which was developed by PE INTERNATIONAL, a pioneering LCA firm.
- The environmental impacts are calculated using the most standardized Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methodologies. These include the CML impact assessment method developed by the University of Leiden , or the Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and other Environmental Impacts (TRACI) , developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose to view results in either LCIA methodology.
- A glossary of terms in the sustainability report can help you interpret screening-level LCA results.
Further Analysis of LCA Results
SolidWorks Sustainability software includes tools that enable you to use screening-level LCA results for additional analysis:
- Export screening-level LCA results to Excel or XML format with the push of a button.
- Read XML data from your screening-level LCA directly into GaBi 5 Life Cycle Assessment software from PE INTERNATIONAL. This enables you to jump-start your ISO 14040-compliant Life Cycle Assessment.