Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to measure the impact of a product on the environment

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to measure the impact of a product on the environment

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At Stahl we strive to offer solutions using Responsible Chemistry. The Life Cycle Assessment methodology allows us the measure the environmental impact of a product to help us reduce our environmental footprint.  


What is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?

LCA is a methodology that measures the impact of any product on the environment over the course of its life. The LCA methodology can provide quantitative data in a format that permits comparisons to be made.

We have identified products and processes where the impact on the environment can be calculated and reported. We believe that LCA will be an important value-added service for its customers in the supply chain in the future.


The 9 LCA impact categories explained

LCA defines nine impact categories: 




Interview: LCA within the leather industry as a major milestone

The approval of the Leather Product Category Rules (known as PCR or PEFCR) by the Environmental Footprint Committee of the EU is a major milestone for the leather industry. It defines how LCA can be used to calculate the impact of leather manufacturing on the environment. It includes all aspects of leather manufacturing in tanneries; input data on hides, chemicals, water, energy, plus output data of water, air and waste.

Read the interview with our Director of Sustainability Michael Costello about the LCA methodology in the magazine International Leather Maker.




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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to measure the impact of a product on the environment
John Fletcher
Group Director Marketing, Communications & Sustainability