Life-cycle analyses surge ahead

Four new "cradle-to-grave" studies are expected to add substantially to the growing environmental information bank for products and improve the methodologies used to determine their impacts. The goal of the studies is to provide a firmer basis for both industry and regulators to improve the environmental performance of products.

Two of the life-cycle analysis (LCA) studies have been initiated by the plastics industry. A third is being funded by the European Commission. And the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has also got in on the LCA act as part of its new programme of work on environmental standards.

The move by the plastics industry is aimed in part at helping producers and users improve their environmental performance by reducing waste an

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