This eUnit is ideally suited for Sustainability Professionals that are managing an LCA project. It is also a good eUnit for students conducting their first LCA.
There are a lot of details to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology that professionals must follow to assure fair and accurate comparisons. Unfortunately these details can easily be glossed over, hidden, or simply mistakenly forgotten. In this eUnit you will learn the 7 key concepts that non-LCA professionals need to understand to successfully commission and manage an LCA project. Learn More.
This eUnit is suited for both Sustainability Professionals, that are managing an LCA project, and LCA practitioners. It provides an overview of each category for managers, as well as detailed information on how each category is measured for practitioners, and managers who want to dive deeper.
In LCA we ultimately want to know how emissions from our activities impact ecosystem and human health, and how our activities are depleting earth's resources: our fossil fuels, metals, water, land etc. To do this, we group potential impacts into areas of concern, impact categories.
In this eUnit you will learn about ten impact categories, what the category is measuring, why we care about it, the major activities and emissions that are effecting the category, and, finally, some of the environmental mechanisms scientists are modeling within each category. Learn More.
The correct way to model recycling has been extensively discussed over the past two decades. Many approaches have been suggested. In this eUnit we will describe the three most common approaches. Then, using an example of 30% recycled content paper, we will model these three approaches in three different LCA software tools assuming 50% of the paper is recycled at end of life, 40% is landfilled and 10% is incinerated. Learn More.