LCA – a life cycle approach
LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) is a quantitative and objective method to evaluate environmental loads (consumption of material and energy resources, emission of environmental load substances and wastes), through all phases of a product including resource extraction, production, use and waste disposal.
Four key reasons to use LCAs
By using LCAs correctly it can be ensured that:
Overview on PVC and LCAs: the PE/Stuttgart Report
As part of a full review of PVC, the independent and reputed PE Europe Consulting Group together with the University of Stuttgart were engaged by the European Commission to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment of PVC and of Principal Competing Materials. The report was published in June '04 and confirmed that PVC is a material like any other, with both strong and weak points, depending on the application and on its use, and that there is no reason to treat PVC differently from any other material.Main conclusions of the report were: