Step 1: Assess

Why is Life Cycle Assessment the best way to assess the environmental impacts?

1. An international standardized methodology
Life Cycle Assessment is based on international standards (ISO 14040, ISO 14044 and ISO 14025). It is known and recognized all over the world.

2. A scientific approach
Life Cycle Assessment is based on a standardized and scientific calculation. First, all the data from the factories, suppliers and customers needs to be collected. Then, a specialist and specific software are needed to make all the calculations. The results of the Life Cycle Assessment are not qualitative data or approximations; they are presented in numerous Excel tables.

EPD3. A transparent process
All calculations are verified by an external accredited third party. The Life Cycle Assessment can then be said to be "verified" (EPD for Environmental Product Declaration). This process ensures the quality and reliability of the results,

4. Published results
The results (earlier referred to as "Environmental Product Declarations") are put on web databases specialized on Life Cycle Assessment. Everyone can have access to them (, in French).

5. The highest standard of requirements

Life Cycle Assessment takes into account:
  • the whole product Life Cycle: from the raw materials and production phase to the end of the product life.
  • all environmental impacts: water consumption, air pollution, resource utilization, and not just CO2 or energy.
The highest standard of requirements

Three different ways of assessing the environmental footprint of a product: Life Cycle Assessment is the most comprehensive one

The best tool for improvement and eco-innovation6. The best tool for improvement and eco-innovation
Thanks to the Life Cycle Assessment, we are fully aware of the environmental impacts of our products, and where they appear during the Life Cycle. This enables our R&D team to work on improving the current product portfolio, and develop new products with very low environmental impact.

We intend to update our Life Cycle Assessments every 5 years, and demonstrate, rigorously and scientifically, improvements achieved.
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