When professionals across your company start thinking about product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), good things happen. New materials and processes get explored. Components get redesigned. Sustainability successes get shared with suppliers, customers and the media.
At EarthShift Global, our mission is to help every organization advance its own unique sustainability agenda. That’s why we designed EarthSmart LCA software with the power, depth, and rigor demanded by sustainability practitioners, and user-friendliness that makes it accessible to people from almost any discipline. It’s the optimized path to effective, unified action towards your specific sustainability goals.
Organizations have benefited from the use of EarthSmart
Our company has a simple goal that’s been reflected in EarthSmart since its first day of development: make it easy for our clients to effect change and advance their specific sustainability goals. Since our founding in 2000, we’ve learned through hands-on experience that LCA and sustainability can be easy in principle but challenging in practice, because every company, and every individual, approaches their business with different methods, motivations, and priorities.
That’s why EarthSmart is web-based, so that anyone, anywhere can use it.
That’s why we offer multiple user roles, so that experts can tap the full power of our world-class datasets and methodologies while newcomers can experiment safely.
And that’s why we augment EarthSmart’s powerful, open-ended analytical capabilities with simplified scenario analysis functions, so that a designer or manufacturing engineer can quickly compare existing designs with new alternatives, or assess carbon, nitrogen, and water footprints at the product level.
Above all, EarthSmart enables product designers and engineers to quickly get answers to "What if?" questions - because that’s how good ideas turn into new sustainable practices.
Quickly Experiment With Materials and Analyze Impacts
In a single view, a product engineer or designer can answer questions like, "What would happen if we substituted one material for another? How will it affect the upstream and downstream environmental impact of the product?"
View Environmental Hot Spots
In many cases, a product design logs high sustainability scores in most categories, but falls short in one or two. EarthSmart quickly pinpoints these environmental Hot Spots, and allows you to compare alternatives using the latest international impact assessment method, ReCiPe. And to help others understand the findings, you can export tables into Excel and save charts or create custom reports with the powerful Report Writer.
Set Custom Recycling Rates
Sometimes the recycling rate for a product has substantial impact on overall life cycle impact, and that rate can vary over time and in different markets. EarthSmart allows you to drill down and evaluate how different recycling rates change the environmental impact of your product, so you can plan and adjust as needed.
There are dozens of methods that can, potentially, reduce product environmental impact – but sometimes, they can make things worse. EarthSmart helps you sort through the pros and cons of techniques like adopting re-usable options for your designs, light-weighting, using alternative materials or manufacturing processing processes, choosing between new and recycled content, implementing reusable packaging, or making use of alternative transportation options.
Quickly Add LCI Data
LCA practitioners will appreciate the ease of having immediate access to Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data from over 8,000 processes available in the ecoinvent and US-EI databases – all included in the EarthSmart package. For even more accuracy and insight, you can import LCI data from your own facilities and suppliers, and easily share findings that exactly reflect your products and production lines.
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