Understand the Full Impact by using the Life Cycle Approach

A recent article in Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, “LNG Supply Chains: A Supplier-Specific Life-Cycle Assessment for Improved Emission Accounting," highlights using a life cycle approach to understand the real impact, negative and positive, of the GHG emissions for the global trade in liquefied natural gas (LNG). While you may or may not be interested in this sector, the approach to gaining an exact picture of the impacts is now becoming more common, which, in my opinion, is a step forward. Using the life cycle approach as in a full life cycle model (LCA) or a simplified version using Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) helps an organization expand their understanding beyond their active part. Instead of glazing over the surface and using regional averages, LCA or LCT forces the organization to go deeper and ask more questions, leading to a better understanding of their impacts. This method is imperative for hitting your sustainability target, whether it is net-zero energy, zero waste, circularity, or even making reductions in your current footprint.