Life Cycle Assessment 

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used to look at the environmental impact of a product for its entire life cycle, from design to disposal.

 

It considers the environmental effects associated with each stage of industrial processing looking at the water, energy, or materials used as well as the waste products produced.

Resources

 

 The lesson plans below contain activities and fact sheets to guide learning 

Lesson plan 1:

introduces stages of lca using common household items

age

13-16

Lesson plan 2:

compares the lca of different building materials

Did you know?

  • The uk has around 22,000 landfill sites 

  • Each year up to 95% of worldwide municipal solid waste ends up in landfill

  • Landfills release greenhouse gases and toxic leachate  

LCA is a tool used in the growing field of industrial ecology 

LCA studies originated in the 1970s

The Coca-Cola Company  completed one of the first LCA studies in  1969