The environmental impact of a company’s products or services, and consumers use of them, is usually responsible for the vast majority of an organisation’s impact. It normally far outweighs an organisation’s direct impacts.
It is for this reason that product-based life cycle assessments and footprints are such a valuable tool in the product design and management process. They can be used to identify, quantify and track the areas of greatest impact.
At WSP, we illustrate our product footprints in a simple graphical form that provides a clear and easy to understand vision of the areas of greatest impact, from which we develop action plans to address and mitigate identified impacts.
Our assessments can look at individual products, an entire suite or brand of products, or a company’s entire product range. We will look at the complete bill of materials required to manufacture a product, the energy used to process the product and how the product is used. And we work with the Publically Available Standard, PAS2050, and utilise our knowledge of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process to provide a verifiable carbon footprint which can be used by a company to obtain a verifiable carbon label for their product.
But a lot of footprints are just a snapshot of a product at a particular point in time. No product stands still, things always change. So we provide a model and process maps that enable you to understand the impact of changes, for example to production patterns, product specifications, logistic modifications and the impact of any sustainability initiatives and changes across the business.
Product Footprinting for Diageo
WSP evaluated the carbon footprint of Diageo’s Scottish manufacturing operations with the aim of producing a robust understanding of the carbon impact of the supply chain in Scotland. This has helped to develop brand associated carbon labelling and identified the parts of the manufacturing process that contribute most to the carbon footprint. Speak to Andrew for more information at email@example.com
Carbon Footprint for Fortune 500 company
WSP completed a series of life cycle assessments (LCA) for an international Fortune 500 company which evaluated and compared the carbon footprint of various data management and documentation production office products. The LCA included multiple end-of-life scenarios, including landfill disposal, recycling, and reuse/remanufacture. The results were compared to equivalent competitor products to evaluate product performance and environmental impacts based on use. Speak to Doug for information at firstname.lastname@example.org