What’s a life cycle assessment?
Life cycle assessments estimate the environmental impact a particular product has. To do so, the whole life cycle of a product is measured and assessed, starting with obtaining the raw materials to production and use all the way to its disposal.
A life cycle assessment quantifies a product’s eco footprint. There are many ways a product affects the planet. Most life cycle assessments (as is the case at EDELRID) look at CO2 emissions.
Why does EDELRID conduct life cycle assessments at all?
To meet our responsibility, we want to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible. However, to minimise our impact and find alternatives, it’s vital that we understand where, why and in what quantities we cause pollution. Recycling sounds great, but what difference does it make? Shipping from eastern Europe to Germany always sounds worse that within Germany itself, but to what extent?
A braiding machine operates around the clock, which sounds bad for the environment, but to what degree? At EDELRID we want all the facts and figures.
How do life cycle assessments help EDELRID customers?
We want to share our expertise with our customers, community, and anyone else who’s interested. Anyone who wishes to, should be given the chance to discover the impact they have and make decisions accordingly. And this information might also inspire those who haven’t considered their footprint to think about what they buy and the impact on the environment.
What EDELRID products already have life cycle assessments?
To date, we’ve only completed a life cycle assessment for our dynamic ropes. However, we already have more in the pipeline for other product groups and hope to give you the results soon.