Sustainability Analysis

 

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.