Lifecycle Analysis & Thinking

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Lifecycle Analysis & Thinking

Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) is a specific analytical approach to evaluating the impact of human artifacts. It is a engages lifecycle thinking by guiding decision makers to consider each stage of that artifact’s lifecycle, from material extraction through production, use, and disposal, and consider the impacts of those stages.

Lifecycle Analysis & Thinking

Lifecycle thinking is most often considered in the context of products, but can also be applied to services and other systems that deliver a clear unit of value. The idea is to evaluate the multi-dimensional impacts of delivering the unit of value not just at its point of delivery but also tracing supply chains required to deliver the value back to their points of origin, considering the impacts during the time the unit of value is being provided, and during any disposal or recycling.