Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an internationally recognised method for measuring products and services’ potential environmental impacts. The method is defined in the ISO 14040 series of standards.
LCA is factored into the eco-design process for plastic and flexible packaging to enable businesses to calculate the impact of different design choices and make decisions on a recognised scientific basis.
As of 2012, 41% of Elipso’s members have carried out at least one LCA as part of their product design process, a figure that has risen constantly since 2008. Elipso encourages the use of this decision-making tool, which goes further than carbon footprint alone to take all environmental aspects of the product/pack pairing into consideration.
- LCA of a PET bottle by Eco-Emballages, Elipso and Valorplast
- Overview of LCA of a PET bottle
- LCA of flexible packaging shaping and decoration processes by Eco-Emballages and Elipso
- CNE (national packaging council) memo on LCA
In 2013 Elipso developed e-DEA* eliPack software with EVEA and GreenDelta to provide its members with a relevant LCA tool for the plastic & flexible packaging sphere.
e-DEA eliPack uses the latest available data and lets manufacturers enter their specific data in complete confidentiality. It was developed in accordance with international standards and BPX30-323, which sets down the methodological framework for environmental labelling.
This Web tool lets Elipso members quickly measure their products’ environmental impacts as part of their eco-design work and be proactive in the packaging chain to work with their customers on reducing their packaging’s environmental footprint.
*Everybody can Design with Environmental Awareness
Since 2008 Elipso has taken part in work on the display of the product/pack pairing’s environmental impacts to enable every consumer to know what environmental footprint their choices have.
This initiative, on a French then European scale, has helped to harmonise the framework for LCA-type studies intended to provide consumers with sound environmental information.