Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool widely used for assessing the potential environmental impacts of a product or service. However, despite its growing popularity, the efficient collection of reliable data remains a key barrier for LCA projects across all industries. This challenge is mostly attributed to the complexities involved in accounting for the material inputs, outputs and flows across multiple supply chain stages (e.g., resource acquisition, manufacturing, distribution, usage, end of life) that are often geographically dispersed. As LCA studies rely heavily on the quality of data entry, poorly constructed LCA projects with many data gaps and assumptions can lead to inaccurate (or unhelpful) results and regrettable decisions. 

This whitepaper aims to support the industry in addressing this data challenge by looking at how formulators and producers of articles can repurpose existing data for LCA projects. Here we identify potential data sources and offer strategies to those who face supply chain transparency barriers.

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About Yordas Group

Yordas is a leading international provider of scientific and technical services, regulatory advice, sustainability services and training to industry in the fields of chemicals management and risk assessment. Originally founded to provide commercial services relating to the EU REACH regulation, we now provide registration and notification services, as well as global regulatory compliance and chemicals management support for hundreds of clients in markets around the globe. 

Yordas delivers innovative solutions for business, industry and government across a broad range of industries. Our strapline, ‘Business through Science’, reflects our drive to underpin our work with exceptional technical and scientific expertise. We offer a broad range of services that have developed from our roots in chemicals regulatory management and product stewardship. From hazard communications, scientific analysis and Green Chemistry to software development, risk/hazard assessments and quality management systems – we can help you to work towards a better, safer world for all.