thinkstep Contributes to the First Comprehensive Publication to Harmonize the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Approach for the Metals and Mining Industry

Date: 11/11/2016

The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment just published a Special Issue on the LCA of metals (LCA of Metals and Metal Products: Theory, Method and Practice). It is the first to publish a harmonization approach to LCA for the entire metals sector. Many thinkstep experts and customers were leading contributors to this issue.

First Publication Harmonizes LCA Approach for the Metals and Mining Industry

The metals sector has embraced the demand for greater, more sophisticated, consistent and comparable environmental footprint information for the materials they produce. thinkstep supported leading industry associations and metal institutes to review existing methods and their applications in the light of current technologies and practice. The results are now published as recommendations for key methodology decisions, for the different metals, to promote meaningful and comparable results. 

This Special Issue brings together perspectives from specific metals and alignment between them. Various issues are addressed (reflecting a diversity of products, environmental impacts, allocation issues, and systems) but are tied together by a commitment to a harmonized approach to LCA for metals; high quality data and analysis; alignment with international standards and a full lifecycle approach to decision making and the assessment of environmental impacts of products and processes. You can access the articles here

Use latest metals LCA data in your LCA work

Latest LCA background data is integral for meaningful and reliable LCA data. thinkstep’s GaBi databases reflect current technologies and standardized methodology aspects. Within the annual data upgrade cycle, possible developments of standards and technology can be incorporated, to give you peace of mind that you work with the latest data available.

What does this mean for you? Talk to us!

If you have questions or would like to discuss the implications for your business, please contact one of thinkstep’s metals experts:
Johannes Gediga, +49 711 341817-14
Nuno da Silva, Mobile: +1 617 817-1955