Ecological Impact Minimization
Quantify the ecological impact of processes by means of LCA and minimise it by means of appropriate optimization methods.
This optimization program will first quantify the ecological impact based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)-methodology as defined in the ISO 14040 standard. As such, it will compile and evaluate the inputs, outputs and potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its lifecycle. This way, it will analyze and quantify the environmental burden of products and services at all stages in their lifecycle and also from the processes involved in this lifecycle. Since an LCA is as far as possible quantitative in character, it can be used as a baseline for subsequent quantitative minimization by means of known optimization methods.
This optimization program aims at helping companies and organisations to assess and evaluate the ecological impact of their activities as well as to minimise it.
The deliverables will consist of at least a specific LCA-analysis based on the product system of consideration, accompanied by recommendations for improvement. If required, it is possible to design a project to minimise the identified ecological impact.
When to use
The ecological impact of products, services and activities will play an ever increasing role in business decision making in the future, if not by environmental necessity, then because of evolving legislation or even because of aspects of social responsibility. Hence, the minimization of ecological impact will become more and more important in the future.
Return on Investment
The Return on Investment of minimized ecological impact is situated in a variety of domains. Increasing awareness by the public stimulates companies to minimize the ecological impact of their activities in order to gain competitive advantage in their markets. Hence, for the time being and for the near future, it will be a means to increase turnover and margin. In a lot of cases, the minimization of ecological impact also leads to the minimization of resource usage and hence of operational costs and thus increased margin. In the long term, minimization of ecological impact will evolve from a differentiator to a qualifier, because of evolving environmental legislation, decreasing and hence more expensive supply of resources and consumer choice.