What are Life Cycle Assessments?
LCA studies are usually completed in collaboration with customers and based on data from customers’ specific application of Novozymes’ technology.
In Novozymes we use Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to assess the environmental impacts of our solutions covering the entire life cycle from cradle to grave – from raw material extraction, through production, use, and transport, to final disposal or recycling. By using LCAs we can help build and validate sustainability claims for our customers as well.
LCAs: Environmental assessment from “cradle to grave”
Developing LCAs at Novozymes
To understand the relative benefits of using Novozymes enzymatic solutions, our LCA studies compare the environmental impact of both conventional and enzyme-assisted solutions delivering the same benefit to the users across various industries, agriculture, and/or in private homes.
LCA studies are usually completed in collaboration with customers and based on data from customers’ specific application of Novozymes’ technology. The findings of such a study can be used directly for developing communication and green claims related to the proven benefits.
Case example from the laundry industry
As an example, a conventional solution could be washing laundry at high wash temperatures while the enzyme-assisted solution could be washing at a lower temperature with an enzyme added. The common user benefit in this case is clean laundry.
LCA studies used in our external communication are carried out according to ISO 14040 standards on LCA and are subject to external expert review or published in peer-reviewed journals. See our published LCA studies here.
Transitioning to SDG Assessments
We are working to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the assessment of our R&D pipeline. This will help us take sustainability into consideration when prioritizing our future business activities. Moving forward, the products and solutions in our pipeline will be assessed to evaluate their impacts in 15 different impact categories, including both environmental and social indicators.
These impact categories were defined based on an evaluation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and targets related to the capabilities of our technology and business. For each of the impact categories, relevant quantitative and qualitative indicators have been defined.
“We believe these factors will impact Novozymes’ business environment in the future, and by taking those aspects into consideration in how we prioritize our innovation pipeline, we will make it stronger,” says Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Novozymes.