Using a combination of life cycle assessment and other sustainability modelling tools, LCAworks offer:
- Greenhouse gas foot-printing
- Full environmental lifecycle assessment
- Advice on reducing environmental impacts
- Full sustainability assessment including environmental and social aspects
- Advice on sustainability issues specific to developing countries
- Independent third-party reviews of policies, statements and regulatory returns
- Partnerships on R&D proposals and programmes
Sustainable land use is a very broad concept, involving many aspects of environmental, social and economic modeling. Sustainable land use is broadly concerned with the use of land in a manner that enables the continued productivity and economic value of the land for the current generation without jeopardising the resource for future generations.
Historically, land has been regarded as an almost infinite resource until recently, when a rapidly growing world population, changing dietary preferences in many heavily populated world regions, and the advent of the Biofuels and bioenergy industries have combined to put increasing pressure on land to continue to deliver all that we require of it, including supplying food, fibre and fuel as well as delivering critical ecosystem services, including protection of: above and below ground carbon, biodiversity, habitats and water resources.
LCAworks has extensive expertise in the field of sustainable land use, in particular in the areas of quantifying above and below ground biomass, soil carbon and sustainable resource use. Also, we have carried out several projects to explore the concepts underlying indirect land use change (ILUC) caused by expansion of Biofuels production, including research into factors affecting land utilization and yield.
Sustainable land use
Sustainability Analysis looks at a combination of the environmental, life-cycle, climate, social and economic impacts of businesses, products and services. Of particular interest are greenhouse gas emissions, water resource distribution, mineral and energy consumption, and equipment manufacturing and transportation. Traditional thinking has been that alternative energy technologies (including renewables, biomass and biofuels) are more sustainable than many current sources of energy, including fossil fuels. However, it is becoming increasingly important to verify that this is the case, particularly taking into account all global impacts.
LCAworks has deep expertise in assessing the holistic sustainability of products and services, particularly those based on biomass. In particular, areas we have researched include:
- life cycle assessment
- carbon foot printing
- resource-use optimization
- techno-economic feasibility and cost analysis
- environmental externalities analysis
- water requirements and distribution analysis.
Sustainability analysis has three main components: environmental effects, social effects, and economics. Through our analysis, we can help our clients to understand the holistic sustainability impacts of their products and services, to minimize any unintended adverse impacts and to choose the optimum blend of resources and practices for any given situation, in a sustainability context. All this can help clients to understand the environmental, social and related economic risks associated with any product or service, and uncover strategies for managing or mitigating long term risks.