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Conducting a Life Cycle Analysis for Sustainable Products

Challenge:

A provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions wanted to continue to increase the performance of products while reducing environmental impacts. Its customers – the world’s leading companies, banks, governments, and other institutions – prefer products that help them meet their own goals for CO2-emission reductions. The client used Design-for-Environment principles in its product designs, but still needed objective data regarding CO2-emission reductions and other environmental improvements.

Solution:

Tech Forecasters, Inc., a joint client service of Antea Group, conducted training, analyses, and provided deliverable results for the company:

  • Trained product designers and managers in Design for-Environment principles.
  • Conducted Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), using software, of three sets of products: an earlier and a later model of the same product class.  
  • Summarized results of the LCA for product designers, product managers, and sales and marketing.

Result:

The team found one of the sets of products generates 38% of the CO2 at the materials phase and 27% at the use phase over the previous version – reducing customers’ total cost of ownership. After the assessment, designers now know how to make even more environmental improvements throughout the client’s product lines. Additionally, Sales and Marketing can demonstrate to customers the substantive, measurable improvements made to date – for their own cost savings and progress toward CO2 reduction goals. The Environmental Responsibility Director commented: “Life Cycle Analysis shows off our generation-to-generation environmental improvements, and directs us to further increase product efficiency – for customer cost reductions and benefit to the environment.“