How to integrate sustainability with LCA
In Novozymes it is essential for us to support our sustainability activities with solid proof of impact. That is why we are investing in Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) describing how our biobased solutions contribute to a more sustainable business practices.
Novozymes uses LCA studies to assess the environmental impacts of our solutions covering the entire life cycle from cradle to grave. This means from raw material extraction, through production, use, and transport, to final disposal or recycling.
To understand the relative benefits of using Novozymes enzymatic solutions, our LCA studies compare the environmental impact of both conventional and enzyme-assisted solutions delivering the same benefit to the users in industry, agriculture and/or private homes.
How to use LCA – the case of laundry
As an example, a conventional solution could be washing laundry at high wash temperatures while the enzyme-assisted solution could be washing at a lower temperature with an enzyme added. The common user benefit in this case is clean laundry.
LCA studies are usually completed in collaboration with customers and based on data from customers’ specific application of Novozymes’ technology. The findings of such a study can be used directly for developing communication and green claims related to the proven benefits.
Novozymes also uses LCA internally in R&D when developing new products. This is to determine the environmental profile of the new products before they are put into production and launched in the market.
Four environmental indicators and three resource indicators
LCA studies performed by Novozymes address four environmental indicators: global warming, acidification, nutrient enrichment, and smog formation. Our studies address three resource indicators: fossil fuels, agricultural land, and minerals.
External review and verification
LCA studies used in our external communication are carried out according to ISO 14040 standards on LCA and are subject to external expert review or published in peer-reviewed journals. See our published LCA studies here: [link to published LCA studies http://www.novozymes.com/en/sustainability/sustainable-solutions/life-cycle-assessments/Pages/published-lca-studies-.aspx ]
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