A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool to determine the environmental impact of a product or material
It is important to define the goal of the assessment, this determines the focus of the assessment and defines the restrictions.
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The main goal of an LCA is to inform people about the impact of a product or material
In order to restrict the assessment, there needs to be a definition of the scope of the assessment
After defining the scope, data collection and calculations can executed that quantify the material and the energy flows related to the material
The next phase is to define the impact of a product or material.
The goal is to understand the impact of the material by comparing the data with specific environmental impacts
The interpretation of all the data and environmental impacts is the most important step
*within the scope of the assessment
The conclusion of the assessment will give an overview of the environmental impact of a material or product*
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The only question that remains: What will be the result of assessing the environmental impact of a product or material? Will it change people's choice towards a more sustainable and brighter future or will they just go back to their easy, polluting and 'cheap' ways.