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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Horizon Europe projects

Horizon Europe

The Horizon Europe program is dedicated to cultivating an innovative, sustainable, and inclusive future within the European Union. The integration of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies is fundamental for environmental accountability. LCA, a robust tool for assessing the environmental impacts of products and services throughout their lifecycle, offers unparalleled insights into the sustainable development of technologies and innovations.

The core of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

LCA examines the environmental impacts of products from cradle to grave, encompassing raw material extraction, production, use, and disposal. This methodology highlights the products environmental impact across several indicators including carbon emissions, water usage, and toxicity. Standards ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 guide the LCA process, ensuring credibility and comparability of results. This strengthens trust in the environmental strategies of businesses and organisations engaged in innovation.

Why LCA Matters in Horizon Europe

Within the Horizon Europe framework, LCA serves a dual purpose; to highlight areas of environmental concern, and to pinpoint opportunities for innovation and improvement. By identifying “hot spots” (areas with high environmental impact) within a product lifecycle, LCA facilitates informed decision-making and steers research and innovation towards sustainability.

Implementing LCA in Horizon Europe: A Strategic Approach

The application of LCA within Horizon Europe can be tailored to various objectives, from high-level screenings to in-depth analyses:

  • LCA screenings: Offer a high-level overview of environmental impacts, aiding the identification of critical areas for further investigation and innovation.
  • In-depth LCA studies: Provide comprehensive insights into the environmental performance of an innovative product or product systems.

Ecomatters services

We are keen to be a part of environmental impact assessment within Horizon Europe projects. Currently we are involved in the LaserWay project and previously worked on the DECOAT project.

Depending on the needs of the project there are different ways in which we can provide support, including during the application stage as well as by executing the LCA study. Due to the tight call deadlines for Horizon Europe projects, we encourage you to reach out to us early in the development of your proposals.

Do you think we might be a good for your consortium? Connect to one of our consultants or send us an email.

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Eelco van IJken

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