Industrial Technical Center for Plastics and Composites


Life-cycle analysis (LCA)

Do you want to understand and reduce the environmental impact of your plastic or composite product?

Conducting a life-cycle analysis

By carrying out a life-cycle analysis on a plastic or composite product, you can determine which stages of the product’s life are the most problematic in terms of its impact. This assessment enables you to draw up an inventory of the real impact of a product based on objective, scientific criteria.

The four stages of a life-cycle analysis

This stage defines the objectives of the LCA and the target audience for the study (internal or external to the company). The scope of the study will specify the purpose of the product being analysed, the functional unit chosen, the boundaries of the system studied and the limits of the study. The general assumptions of the study are defined at this stage.

This stage is carried out in close collaboration with the customer. It consists in drawing up an inventory of input and output materials and energy related to the different stages of the life cycle and the functional unit selected. The specific data collected can be supplemented by generic data taken from the literature or from calculations.

Based on the data collected, and depending on the indicators and characterisation method selected, IPC can evaluate the potential impact using SIMAPRO LCA software.

This phase is iterative with the three previous phases: it aims to confirm that the results obtained meet the objectives of the study.

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C3R’IMPACT is an LCA tool designed for the plastics and composites industry, to help you in your choices and adopt an ecodesign approach.

C3R’IMPACT is perfect for you if:

  • you are a manufacturer of plastic products;
  • you are a user of plastic products;
  • you design plastic products;
  • or if you need to choose a plastic solution based on its environmental impact.

C3R’IMPACT: A unique and reliable solution

  • Evaluate the environmental impact of your products along their entire life cycle.
  • It is easy to model and analyse life cycles in a transparent and methodical manner based on a multi-criteria method.
  • Justify your decisions to develop ecodesigned products.
  • Strengthen your brand image.

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