SimaPro Share & Collect software offers a basis for a robust sustainable LCA strategy

Source: PRé Consultants B.V.

Amersfoort, Netherlands – A web-based platform named Share & Collect to facilitate fact-based sustainable decision-making in an efficient, time-saving manner has been developed and launched by PRé Sustainability launches. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the principal quantitative, science-based approach for determining the environmental impacts of products and services and for establishing concrete, actionable sustainability metrics.

With Share & Collect, LCA results can be made accessible to a broader business audience and can easily be converted into valuable business insights. This enables business departments to build a scientific basis for a robust sustainability strategy. Share & Collect is an add-on to the worldwide used LCA software, SimaPro. “Sustainability needs to be based on facts, not intuitions,” underlines Mark Goedkoop, founder and CEO of PRé Sustainability. “Although LCA is one of the most robust, fact-based assessment methods in sustainability, it generates a lot of complex data. Transforming LCA results into business insights is a key challenge for every LCA expert.”

Interpreting LCA results requires expertise, and even answering simple ‘what if’ questions can take a lot of back-and-forth reporting and waiting. In addition, LCA can seem like a black-box process. “We need to build a bridge,” says Goedkoop. “To make LCA benefits available to everybody, without losing the robustness, transparency and scientific rigour we have been bringing to LCA for the past 25 years. SimaPro Share & Collect can be that bridge.”

With SimaPro Share, LCA results become accessible and actionable. Scenarios shared through an intuitive web interface quickly show stakeholders the impact of their decisions in an interactive manner. “Interactivity is crucial,” says Eric Mieras, Managing Director of PRé Sustainability, “because it allows users with any background to experience working with LCA results and converting them into business insights. They are actively generating information, not just reading a report.” The effects can spread throughout the company, allowing business departments to increase efficiency for:

  • Sustainable product development and modification
  • Environmental product declarations (EPDs)
  • Sustainability goal setting and benchmarking
  • Streamlined LCA studies

According to PRé Sustainability, SimaPro Collect is an efficient, reliable tool to collect data from suppliers and stakeholders, which can stimulate supply chain engagement and collaboration. The official launch of Share & Collect takes place today (31 August 2015) at the Life Cycle Management 2015 conference in Bordeaux.

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Source: CSRwire