Presentation on theme: "Linking PCF, LCA and Eco-design to help SMEs fight Climate Change Prepared by Andrew Southwood for the Network for Business Sustainability International."— Presentation transcript:
Linking PCF, LCA and Eco-design to help SMEs fight Climate Change Prepared by Andrew Southwood for the Network for Business Sustainability International Conference, Montreal, October 20 – 22, 2011
Climate action starts with small steps 1.A case of over specification 2.The forgotten reasons Quick Examples
- Definition of a Lifecycle Analysis The goal of an LCA is to compare the full range of environmental performance assignable to products and services, and therefore choose the least burdensome one. Do you know the environmental impacts of your leading product?
How can LCA help you? All products and services leave an impact Energy used Waste produced Water consumed Societal impact Environmental impact
GHG Protocol – updated Oct 2011
Start with a PCF Carbon Data for GHG emissions is the only standardized environmental impact measurement Energy = Fossil Fuels = embedded CO2 Understand and act on hotspots
Eco-design Product or service design – lowest environmental impact in all LCA phase Integrated perspective – multiple stakeholders Cradle to Cradle the goal
Tying LCA, PCF and Eco- design together Use LCA as methodology to calculate a PCF PCF number acts as benchmark for future improvements LCA acts as guide in exploring various eco- design scenarios to reduce CO2 impact
Which path is your sustainability path?
Other reasons to start LCA Your customers will demand it Local, Provincial and Govt. policy may specify compliance and reporting Understanding supply chain risks is vital to the survival of your business The ability to speak to facts and not assumptions will bolster consumer confidence
Choosing an LCA tool thats for you! What is your reason for your journey? Different motivations require different tools Can it be adopted by your organization?
Our Business Model Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. (Chinese proverb) Bluehorse is not a consultancy. Carbonostics is designed to be a smart decision-support tool, integrated into a clients operating practices so that environmental impact is considered during the design and production of each and every product.
A range of products to meet every need expensive & complex free & inaccurate Accuracy $ Cost
1 In some cases, at additional cost 2 Defined as flexible in all stages of the LCA, from cradle to grave 3 Defined as widespread use in articles published in scientific journals 4 Defined as 5 environmental indicators or more Carbonostics Other simplified/hybrid toolsOther scientific/complete tools Eco-itDevExSource 44GaBiTEAMUmbertoSimaPro General features Worldwide relevance Food-sector specific Built-in database 1 Food records in database More than 1,500< > 1,000 Compliant with international standards Web based, no software installation Scope and objective Product design and R&D Product-level LCA Facility/company-level LCA Complete scope LCA 2 Screening and supply chain optimization Appropriate for reporting Use No LCA expertise required Easy modelling/scenario building Used for scientific studies 3 Special features Multicriteria 4 Cost modelling Nutrition al profiles included Peer-reviewed tool Compare & Contrast
What you can do tomorrow Engage colleagues/employees Select an LCA service provider Run an LCA looking specifically at the PCF Internalize the learning experience and act on the hotspots
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