The IAR-LCA Approach.
The IAR Cluster offers a Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) specific to biobased products. It takes into account not only the environmental aspects, but also – and this is where its main advantage lies – the economic and social aspects.
Life-Cycle Analysis: advantages of bioproducts
Bioproducts offer efficient technical solutions with real environmental advantages. This can be seen in the Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA).
The Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a method of measuring the environmental impact of products and industries “from the cradle to the grave”. The LCA makes it possible to confirm that the production and use of bioproducts made from agricultural, forestry and algal resources provide great environmental benefits:
- reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
- reduced harmful impact on the air, water and soil.
Environmental labelling is a developing trend, with a dimension of economic value creation. The LCA is an opportunity offered to manufacturers to stand out from competitors:
- Strategic decision-making aid: investments, technology, site installation, product portfolio
- Marketing approach: product pitch, competitive difference, environmental labelling
- R&D Policy: choice of sustainable products and processes
IAR LCA for a ‘sustainable’ Life-Cycle Analysis
The IAR Cluster has wished to enrich the LCA approach by enlarging the economic and social aspects. This is a big issue for bioeconomics, as biobased products cannot break into the market unless they can prove that they contribute a real environmental, economic or social advantage.
The aim of the IAR LCA is to associate various players’* skills in order to promote research and innovation as regards LCAs applied to bioproducts, and to ensure that agricultural and regional aspects are more effectively taken into account.
The IAR LCA, over time, will allow IAR Cluster members to:
- prove the worth of their bioproducts
- master evaluation methods
- benefit from a network of experts
*Consultancy firms Quantis et Evea and AgroTransfert Ressources & Territoires in collaboration with INRA, AgroParisTech, INERIS and CREIDD from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne.
The “LCA Sustainability” methodology guide
The “LCA Sustainability” methodology guide is being prepared by a consortium of public and private players in the region. It is set to be published towards the end of 2012.
Four pilot projects in Champagne-Ardenne and Picardie have been selected to provide a basis for the “LCA Sustainability” methodology guide.
Bioproducts can reduce non-renewable energy consumption by 40% to 80%.
Source: Ademe 2004