Our LCA Method

The basis: LCA Method and The LCA Centre

The basis of our policy is the measurement of the environmental impact of packaging materials and disposables throughout a product’s entire life-cycle. Which is why we have spent the past few years working on developing the LCA Method. This LCA Method measures the environmental impact of products and the resultant data is expressed in terms of 19 impact factors. The LCA Method was developed in accordance with ISO guidelines.

Packaging or disposables are often made from a number of materials. Without knowing exactly which materials these are, and in what proportion they are present, you cannot determine a product’s environmental impact and using the LCA Method would be of little value. We carry out the analyses needed to acquire this information in The LCA Centre – our research centre in Beuningen that is equipped with all the necessary laboratory instrumentation and staffed by extremely well-trained personnel.

Once we have the product and material analyses we can apply our LCA Method. LCA is the acronym for Life Cycle Assessment. Our LCA Method looks, therefore, at a product’s entire life-cycle. This life-cycle comprises:

  • Extraction of the raw materials
  • Processing of raw materials
  • Manufacture
  • All associated transportation
  • Waste management (the End-of-Life phase, e.g. recycling, incineration, etc.)

In our LCA Method we use both internal and external data and knowledge:

  • The outcomes of our analyses in The LCA Centre
  • Academic and national datasets. We use CES (Cambridge University Engineering Selector) and the Swiss national dataset Ecoinvent
  • Our knowledge of products, materials and processes

The PACOMBI GROUP’s eco-innovation is LCA-driven. If you don’t take a product’s entire life-cycle into consideration, any statement you make regarding its amount of environmental impact is inaccurate and unfair. You cannot, for example, just simply say that paper or plastic is less impactful. You can only give a justifiable answer if you have first analysed the product and the materials from which it is made, make sure you are comparing products with like functionality and then use the LCA method to calculate its impact on the environment.