Mitsubishi Chemical Europe, our Story of using Life Cycle Assessment

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Poster Number:  44 

Main Presenter:    Bálint Simon 

Co-Authors:                                                  

Sustainability and its measurement are now crucial competitive advantages and business factors. The development of European environmental policy, for instance, the emergence of the Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF) recommendation and the additional regulatory plans that can be linked to it, demonstrate the need for companies to be prepared and proactive in environmental sustainability.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a powerful tool for successfully meeting sustainability commitments. This presentation will discuss the key parameters essential for conducting a successful LCA. There are a few challenges to using LCA in a corporate environment, but these can be overcome.

– Obtaining supplier data (Scope 3 supplier programme)

– Dealing with data quality (own measurement data, contract manufacturing, etc.)

– Outdated and/or conflicting standards (ISO14044 or ISO 14067, what is waste?)

– Confusing abundance of available guidelines and recommendations leading to different results (PEF vs. EPD or TfS?)

– Weak background knowledge about LCA in the value chain

– Time constraints for a large number of required reports.

This poster will launch a discussion on how to successfully transfer the scientific achievements of LCA into business practice. We will identify the gaps that currently exist and how we can break them down to foster the use of LCA for corporate sustainability goals.

Recommended readings:

1. Koffler et al. 2020: On the reporting and review requirements of ISO 14044, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment volume 25, pages478–482

2. Schaubroeck, 2022: Sustainability assessment of product systems in dire straits due to ISO 14040–14044 standards: Five key issues and solutions, Journal of Industrial Ecology, volume 26, pages 1600-1604

3. Brandao et al. 2022: RED, PEF, and EPD: Conflicting rules for determining the carbon footprint of biofuels give unclear signals to fuel producers and customers, Front. Clim., 12 October 2022 Sec. Climate and Decision Making

4. SAP White Paper 2022: Material traceability for increased circularity in the Chemical Industry; GreenToken by SAP in collaboration with BASF, Mitsubishi Chemical, and SCG Chemicals

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