Screening-Level Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
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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.