Life-Cycle Analysis and Clean Hydrogen Consulting

Transitioning to a sustainable and equitable world is one of the greatest challenges humankind has faced. It’s the balance of maintaining and raising human standard of living for all, while reducing waste, loss of biodiversity, and carbon emissions – sustainable development. This requires a complete transformation of how we produce, store, and use energy.  

Low carbon fuels, particularly clean hydrogen, will play an important role in the energy transition. And to make real progress, we need to understand the environmental aspects and potential impacts of producing, transporting, and using clean hydrogen. To asses these impacts, we use a technique called Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA).

Conducting an LCA involves compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs and environmental releases; evaluating the potential environmental impacts associated with the identified inputs and releases; and then interpreting the results to help you make more informed decisions. This expertise of multi-disciplinary teams is often not available in-house. What’s your clean hydrogen project’s CI score?

A carbon intensity (CI) score is the aggregated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during the “life cycle” of a fuel divided by the quantity of the fuel. To qualify for the clean hydrogen production tax credit (45v) under the United States Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, you’ll need an LCA to determine if the hydrogen has a CI score of 4 kg CO2e per kg of hydrogen or lower on a well-to-gate basis. An LCA should be conducted as early as possible in the project development cycle. You’ll want to design your project from the outset to maximize the value of the 45v tax credit and other relevant programs. EcoEngineers helps companies develop clean fuels projects from conception to commissioning, including the review of off-take agreements. After the project is up and running, we provide ongoing compliance management to make sure your revenue stream from carbon credits and incentives remains stable.

Our services include:

  • Life-Cycle Analysis

  • LCFS Pathway Application

  • Investment Due Diligence

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Offtake Market & Revenue Analysis

  • H2 Project Development

  • White Papers

  • Training & Education

  • Regulatory Engagement

  • Ongoing Compliance Management

EcoEngineers has performed more than 500 carbon LCAs since 2015. We have experience in all of the regulations that require LCA, including the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), Oregon Clean Fuels Program (CFP), Canada Clean Fuel Regulations (CFR), British Columbia Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements (RLCFR), Brazil RenovaBio, EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and impending directives, along with emerging Voluntary Carbon Markets.

Tanya Peacock
Guillermo Aguirre

For more information about our clean hydrogen services, contact:

Tanya Peacock, Managing Director, California and Hydrogen |  

Guillermo Aguirre, Senior Account Manager, RNG |

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