Environmental footprinting & Life Cycle Assessment

Quantifying environmental impact

Each product has an impact on the environment, such as CO2, land use and use of resources. Environmental footprinting, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Carbon Footprinting are methods to investigate the environmental performance of products and supply chains. It allows to compare the environmental performance of different products, including information on CO2 emissions, land use and the identification of 'hotspots'. Furthermore, these methods give insights in possible (environmental) improvements in the supply chain.

Over the years we've supported many companies and organizations with LCAs and Carbon Footprints. We can help you with the full path of an LCA or Carbon Footprint, from drafting towards interpreting the LCAs and Carbon Footprints of your products.

 

How we can help you

Life Cycle Assessment

Carbon footprint

Product Environmental Footprint

Environmental footprint training

LCA is a technique to evaluate the environmental impact associated with the life of a product or service from cradle to grave. 

Quantifying the environmental impact

Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and Carbon Footprints are research methods to gain insight in the full life cycle of a product. It quantifies all inputs and outputs. This means all phases of a product are taken into account and analysed, from raw materials, packaging, transport, retail and consumer towards disposal or recycling. This means a product will be studied from cradle-to-grave. An LCA shows where the environmental impact in the supply chain takes place. Hotspots are the locations in the supply chain with the highest environmental impact. Disclosure of these hotspots is an opportunity to improve a certain process or product. Eventually, this will lead towards savings in for instance raw materials, energy use and cost and a more sustainable product. In some cases the environmental advantages can also be used as selling point. 

Sound basis to monitor environmental performance

Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprints give insights in the environmental impacts in the supply chain of a product. This forms a sound basis for companies and organisations which aim to monitor their environmental performance and develop strategies to reduce their impact. Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprints are executed according to standardised and internationally recognised methods, such as ISO ISO14040/44. Besides that, it is important to use reliable data, in order to reach consistent and transparent results. 

Why quantify the environmental impact?

Investigating the impact of a product or process had many advantages. It is an opportunity to tackle various sustainability issues.
Some examples:

  • Insights in saving options
    You aim to get insights in saving options for energy and materials which are used in the production process.
  • Increase market value
    You want to increase market value, for instance by communication about the sustainability of your products.
  • Insights in the environmental impact
    Your clients or investors want insights in the environmental impact of your products or production process.
  • Substantiate a strategic decision 
    You want to make certain strategic decisions, which need supporting information.
  • Development of innovations
    You want to know the environmental advantages of certain innovation ideas.

Different types of LCAs and Carbon footprints

 

LCA/footprint
Internal/external use
Review/verification
Data
Deliverables
Project duration
Screening LCA Internal Internal review Company specific Report and/or presentation Appr. 1,5 month
Product LCA External Independent review (1 expert) Company specific & supply chain specific Report and presentation Appr. 2,5 months
Comparative LCA External Independent external review (3 experts) Company specific & supply chain specific Report and presentation Appr. 5 months

Examples of our LCA and carbon footprint work

Case study

What is the CO2-footprint of Dutch fruit?

Blonk developed a carbon footprint tool for the Dutch fruit sector. This tool offers Dutch fruit growers insights into the total carbon footprint of fruit production and the contribution of the various cultivation stages. The tool also shows improvement opportunities, such as changing to electric vehicles, generating green energy, or reducing pesticide use. The tool is developed in Excel and is available for apples, pears, redcurrants, blackberries, cherries, and plums.

Case Study

Environmental impact analysis of a novel food ingredient

Recently we conducted an ISO-reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Fermotein™, an innovative food ingredient which is used in vegetarian and vegan food products, produced by The Protein Brewery.

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Get in touch

Jasper Scholten
Business Unit Manager | Blonk Consultants

Please get in touch with Jasper if you would like to learn more about our Environmental Footprinting and LCA services.