Social Life Cycle Assessment as a tool to analyze the social impact of new processes and products
CETIM we are experts in Life Cycle Assessment to measure the environmental impact of products and services during all stages of their existence.
We also carry out Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA), with the aim of evaluating the impact on different social aspects of products throughout their life cycle.
We use methodologies such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, water footprint or net environmental impact of eutrophication following different widely recognized calculation methods, such as ReCiPe v.1.1, UseTox, ILCC or Environmental Prices, among others. According to the product or process under analysis, the method that best represents its environmental profile is selected.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a design tool that investigates and evaluates the environmental impacts of a product or service during all stages of its existence: extraction, production, distribution, use and end of life (reuse, recycling, recovery and elimination/disposal of waste).
Its use is increasingly widespread, and sectors such as construction are beginning to implement these methodologies as a measure to anticipate legislative changes and the requirements of designers who use the information from the Declarations in Green Public Procurement (GPP), private purchasing criteria. or certification schemes for buildings and construction works.
CETIM Technological Centre are specialized in the development of Life Cycle Assessment and Cost Cycle Cost of processes and products, both in the research and industrial fields. We carry out LCAs from cradle to grave, cradle to door, door to door or door to grave, always in accordance with current standards such as UNE-EN ISO 14040 and 14044. To perform environmental profiles we use the SIMAPRO software v.9.1 that incorporates different databases such as Ecoinvent 3.6, Industry data 2.0 or Agri-footprint.
From CETIM, we also make environmental declarations of products (Type III Ecolabel), applicable in different sectors under globally accepted certifications (such as EPD International® or GlobalEPD, among others) and we advise and support our clients in obtaining other environmental certifications of sectoral type, Type I-II Ecolabels and development of ecodesign strategies. We are also registered in Environdec® as an accredited entity to perform LCA / EDP.
In a complementary way to the environmental and economic analyzes, CETIM also carries out the Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of products and processes, evaluating in a quantitative, semi-quantitative or qualitative way, their impact on different social aspects, such as working conditions, human rights, health and safety, cultural heritage, etc.
This analysis is carried out following different methodologies based on the Life Cycle Assessment, as well as through the use of other social assessment tools, such as surveys, questionnaires, etc.
At CETIM we have extensive experience in the development of this type of Analysis. S-ACV is currently being carried out in projects such as LIFE DRAIN RAIN and LIFE-GREENSEWER. In both cases, we analyze the social impact, in aspects such as health and safety, of water treatment – the first, a photocatalytic porous asphalt for capture and reuse of runoff water, and the second a secondary treatment for the recovery of valuable resources in WWTPs.