LCA highlights environmental impact throughout the lifetime of a product. Working with LCA means that all the environmental impacts from the different manufacturing phases have been evaluated. This evaluation is generally split into five phases:
- Material phase
- Production phase
- Transport phase
- Usage phase
- Waste phase or after life phase
Life-cycle assessment enables us to provide our customers with information about the environmental impact of our products.
From the same system, we can also provide an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), which is often requested in projects related to green building standards, where this kind of declaration can support the client in receiving credits. LCA helps to ensure that we do not optimize one process without looking at the whole chain, i.e. the entire life cycle. Additionally, it helps us to gain valuable insights into the areas where we should increase our efforts to reduce our environmental impact. Our LCA model and EPD follows the principles of the ISO 14040 standards for life-cycle assessment. Data are from internationally recognized LCA databases, combined with literature sources and knowledge from Kvadrat and our suppliers. The model is based on the standard EN15804 and is structured according to the EU’s model for product environmental footprint (PEF). Our EPDs follow recognized standards and the data platform has been developed by a third party. The EPDs are not third party-verified.