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Life Cycle Thinking

As a scientific method (see bibliography in right column) , Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a technique to analyse the potential environmental impacts associated with a product, process or service.

It involves:

  • Compiling an inventory of energy and material inputs and environmental releases
  • Assessing the potential environmental impacts associated with identified inputs and releases
  • Calculating performance indicators to inform decisions.

Life Cycle Assessments are widely acknowledged among life cycle practitioners and other stakeholders worldwide as representative datasets. GlassFibreEurope’s Life cycle inventory will increasingly be included in various commercial life cycle databases and was accepted to be included in the publicly available European Life Cycle Database (ELCD) operated by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

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However the user of the LCI data shall be reminded, that obviously it does not make sense to assess and / or compare the data at the level of the intermediate material. We provide this information for the purpose of making a full LCA to those who use glass fibre in their applications. Only at the finished application, which may be produced through different production pathways and with possibly different materials, an assessment can take place on the basis of a common functional unit of the end products.