Life Cycle Assessment
What is a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?
Life Cycle Assessment is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from-cradle-to-grave.
Why Does a Company Need a Life Cycle Assessment?
Life Cycle Assessment methods are used to evaluate the life cycle carbon footprint of a product, such as Vista™ window films. The results of the study provide the manufacturer and material suppliers with information to reduce life cycle GHG emissions. The study also informs consumers of the GHG emissions associated with the product. Additionally, companies are using results of these studies to make operating, manufacturing and supply chain decisions, as well as decisions for purchasing renewable energy certificates or carbon offsets.
Solutia's Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment is a crucial first step in taking carbon out of the system because it provides a baseline measurement and helps identify areas for improvement. Solutia's vision is to be a leader in environmentally sustainable practices, and life cycle assessments provide us with the tools to achieve that goal.
Solutia's Performance Films division recently completed a Life Cycle Assessment to determine the environmental impact of its products' life cycle. The study was completed by a third-party independent expert, Harmony Environmental LLC, and peer reviewed.
Stages reviewed in the assessment were:
- Research and Development
- Raw materials
The assessment considered only energy savings from architectural films installed on non-residential buildings, while carbon emissions from ALL manufacturing processes were included.