Life-cycle assessment: case studies
An appliance manufacturer that has breached the traditional norms of recycling to scrutinize the 'value
chain' throughout a product's lifecycle. The 'recycling value index' guides its decisions regarding the trade-off between higher production costs and greater recyclability.
A furniture manufacturer which took part in a project to develop a range of 'sustainable' office furniture. A life cycle assessment was used to optimize materials, designs and manufacturing processes.
Volvo is a vehicle manufacturer developing safe, clean and efficient transport systems. The Volvo model is based on the Life-Cycle Assessment, the independently certified Environmental Product Declaration, and a company wide commitment to 'preventive environmental activities'.
A cattle farm and dairy in Nebraska which has used life-cycle assessment to identify measures for reducing its environmental impact