Life Cycle Assessment

AquAeTer completed Life-Cycle Assessments (LCA) of treated wood products. The purpose of the LCAs was to quantitatively evaluate environmental impacts associated with the national production, use, and disposal of the treated wood products. The LCAs examine the environmental impacts of the treated wood products throughout their life cycles, from the extraction of the raw materials through processing, transport, primary service life, reuse, and recycling or disposal of the product. Inputs and outputs are inventoried and used to assess the impacts to several indicators of environmental significance.

The Life-Cycle Assessment is used to compare the environmental impact of the forestry product to alternative products in the marketplace and inform audiences of the environmental impacts. Each stage of AquAeTer’s Life-Cycle Assessment is peer-reviewed by industry and life-cycle assessment experts to ensure that our assessment is high caliber. AquAeTer followed ISO standards 14040 and 14044 during completion of the Life-Cycle Assessments. The final results have been published in peer reviewed journals for public reference.

AquAeTer provided the following services to its client for this project:

  • Goal and Scope Definition
  • Inventory Data Collection and Analysis
  • Inventory Assessment and Calculation of Impact Indicators
  • Data Characterization and Normalization
  • Data Quality Analysis (Gravity, Uncertainty, and Sensitivity Analysis)
  • Product Comparisons
  • LCA Interpretations