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PE’s GaBi Exemplifies How Product LCA Can Empower CSOs

Date: 18 March 2013

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Executive Summary

Corporate sustainability cannot rely for long on quick win projects such as energy efficiency, recycling or policy setting. Leading firms move beyond the enterprise view to take a product life cycle approach and the challenges that this presents are driving sustainability teams to work closely with non-sustainability colleagues. The decisions that determine product sustainability are made by R&D, product design, procurement, marketing and sales teams. This report helps Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs), VPs of Environment and their colleagues to understand how product life cycle assessment (LCA) software can support different functions to incorporate sustainability considerations into their processes. The report looks specifically at PE International’s GaBi solution, including the add-on GaBi DfX and Envision tools, because of the software’s multiple usage scenarios. Customer usage examples demonstrate how LCA supports the embedding of sustainability as it informs decision-making at the product design and procurement stages, and provides a fact base to facilitate engaging sustainability communications by marketing and sales teams.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PE INTERNATIONAL’S GABI BRIDGES GAP BETWEEN COMPLEX AND SIMPLE LCA SOLUTIONS

LCA SUPPORTS DIFFERENT BUSINESS FUNCTIONS TO ADDDRESS VALUE CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY
Old And New Challenges Pit The Paths Of CSOs
GaBi Helps Embed Sustainability By Bringing Benefits Of LCA To Broader Audience

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

Apple, Bluehorse Associates, Daimler, Dell, Heinz, Interface, Kimberley-Clark, Kraft, Levi’s, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, PE International, Puma, Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories, TATA Steel, Volkswagen, Walmart, WSP Energy & Environment, Zumtobel