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Smart Innovators Product LCA Software 2011 (Global)

Date: 28 March 2011

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11 pages, 2 figures

Executive Summary

During the last five years, firms have come under increasing pressure from regulators, supply chain partners and end users to address the downstream and upstream environmental impacts of their products. Verdantix selected the product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software market for a Smart Innovators report because this is one of the new tools that sustainability leaders and product managers require to meet their sustainability objectives. Verdantix research found that new product LCA software suppliers have entered a market that was previously dominated by complex solutions. New suppliers have introduced functionalities that support design teams, target specific sectors, or enable integration with other software to create new usage scenarios. To help firms select the software that best fits their requirements, Verdantix recommends firms shortlist product LCA solutions with reference to one of the following usage scenarios: product environmental compliance, supply chain optimization, sustainable product design, and sustainable product marketing.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES REQUIRE LIFE CYCLE THINKING
Regulations And Customer Pressures Drive Need For Product LCA

INTRODUCING THE PRODUCT LCA SOFTWARE MARKET
Defining Product LCA Software

New Functionalities Support Democratization Of Product LCA

HOW TO SELECT A PRODUCT LCA SOFTWARE SUPPLIER
Usage Scenarios Define LCA Software Selection Criteria 

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Product LCA Software Core Functionalities
Figure 2. Firms Should Shortlist Product LCA Software According To Useage Scenarios

COMPANIES MENTIONED

AMEE, APC, Apple, BAER, BASF, Bayer, BigBelly Solar, Beckman Coulter, BKW Group, Bluehorse Associates, Blue Sky Design Group, Bureau Veritas, Canon, CleanMetrics, Conforama, Daimler, Dell, Dow Corning, DS SolidWorks Corp., e3 Solutions, Ecobilan, ecoinvent, EcoMundo, Eden Springs, EDF Energy, Emerson Electric, European Reference Life Cycle Database, FedEx, Fender, GE, Geberit, Granta Design, Henkel, ifu Hamburg, Honeywell Aerospace, Katapult, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, , Lafarge, Legrand, Levis Strauss, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, Marks & Spencer, Masco, Michelin, Motorola, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Nexus Design, NREL, Orange, OSRAM, PE International, PepsiCo, Pratt & Whitney Canada, PRé Consultants, P&G, PTC, PwC, Quantis, Rio Tinto, Rolls-Royce, Rothschild, SABIC, SAP, Schneider Electric, SFS intec, Shaw Industries, Sinum AG, Spartech, Sprocket Design, Sustainable Minds, Tesco, The Green Dot, Unilever, Wal-Mart, WSP Environment & Energy