Chemical industry's worries about LCAs, eco-labelling

Leading chemical companies are looking increasingly positively at the use of life-cycle analyses (LCAs) in their business strategies, according to the proceedings of a conference held in Brussels in November. But the event also exposed a split between consumer product manufacturers, who appear more likely to be able to adapt to the demands of the EC's eco-labelling scheme than some of their suppliers, who voiced anxieties about prospective losses of sales.

The conference, organised by First Europe, revealed that there is now a growing acceptance among both consumer product manufacturers and their suppliers in the chemical industry that LCA is a valuable management tool.

Dow Europe, a major polymer supplier, has created a team of employees dedicated to tracking developments in LCA and applying them to the company's processes.

According to Dow's Vice-President for Environment, Health and

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