Sustainable Manufacturing

Life Cycle Assessment

The science of life cycle assessment (LCA) is in constant evolution. A significant amount of research is undertaken on the improvement of environmental indicators, regionalization, LCA of complex systems, and consequential LCA, as well as in rendering LCA results more useful for decision making and communication. At the same time, applying LCA to the forest products sector is probably more complex than for most other sectors due to, for instance, the connection of forest products to the carbon cycle, the use of land for forest management, and the multiple subsequent uses of wood fiber through recycling. In this context, NCASI’s objective in this focus area is to enable effective quantification of the environmental characteristics of the industry’s full value chain and product life cycle, including forest management, through evaluating and communicating the complexities of LCA as applied to the forest products sector, and promoting development of LCA methodologies that account for these complexities.

Life Cycle Assessment

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NCASI LCA Studies

NCASI has worked to improve the quantification of the environmental characteristics of the industry’s full value chain and product life cycle, including forest management, through evaluating and communicating the complexities of LCA as applied to the forest products sector...

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LCA Methodologies

NCASI LCA research has focused on creating a better understanding of the life cycle attributes of specific forest products and the products against which they compete.

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