In today’s world, a product’s environmental footprint is a factor that determines its marketability. The smaller the footprint, the greater the marketability. The most comprehensive way to measure the environmental footprint of a product or a process is to conduct a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of its environmental impacts. An LCA is a “cradle to grave” approach that evaluates all the major activities in the course of the product’s life-span from the raw material acquisition required to manufacture the product, to its use, its maintenance and its final disposal. An LCA provides a comprehensive picture of the true environmental trade-offs in product and process selection and gives companies a tool to differentiate themselves from the crowd.
EcoEngineers has deep experience with LCA tools. Our staff has performed life-cycle assessments for a variety of fuels types and manufacturing processes. We have assisted fuel producers and feedstock suppliers prepare improve their processes, lower their environmental footprint and submit winning pathway petitions.
GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) is an LCA model developed by Argonne National Laboratory to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) developed the CA-GREET model, which is the official tool to evaluate the carbon intensity (CI) of renewable transportation fuels under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) program. Other LCA tools for transportation fuels include BioGrace used for European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), GHGenious used for Canadian GHG mitigation programs and several other commercially available LCA tools , such as Simapro, Gabi, Umberto, etc.
At EcoEngineers, we have in-depth knowledge ofall the current LCA modeling tool including the current CA-GREET 2.0, based on GREET 2013, and the proposed CA-GREET 3.0, based on GREET 2016