LCIA Recommended Indicators

    LCANZ Best Practice Working Group
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    Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA)

    Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) translates resource use and emissions into potential environmental impacts. In doing so, it extends a Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) to consider the likely effects that a product or service may have on the natural environment.


    Environmental Impact Assessment

    Best Practice Working Group
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    Environmental impact categories commonly used in LCA have been summarised by members of the LCANZ Best Practice Working Group (including Kimberly Robertson, Carla Coelho, Dave Drysdale, Simon Love, James McDevitt and John Andrews). The summaries include information on the cause, outcomes and the relevance to New Zealand.

    Please click on the links in the sections below to dowload a PDF for each of the following impact categories:


    Feasibility Study for a New Zealand Inventory Database

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    The feasibility study will define the work required for development of an operational database, supporting review process, and ongoing maintenance.

    The results of the feasibility study will be developed as a detailed proposal that can be submitted to potential funders.

    The group conducting the study includes the LCANZ Inventory Working Group in conjunction with a Project Management Group comprising representatives from the agricultural sector, building/construction sector, forestry sector, government, academia, and LCA practitioners.

    Sarah McLaren, Massey University
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    LCANZ Members working with ZESPRI International

    Landcare Research + others
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    GHG Footprints

    Work led by Landcare Research, supported by Plant and Food Research, AgriLINK New Zealand, and Massey University, produced an indicative sector carbon footprint for ZESPRI ® GREEN, GOLD and ORGANIC Kiwifruit for Zespri International Ltd and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.


    The Life Cycle Management Project

    This five-year project seeks to build capability among New Zealand manufacturing companies for product-oriented environmental management. LCM Champions in six case study companies are implementing Life Cycle Management, and are being upskilled and mentored through an LCM Training Programme. In addition, a Research Programme is evaluating the enablers and barriers for successful LCM implementation over the first two years of the project. For more information, click here.


    Emissions Embodied in New Zealand's International Trade

    This study uses multi-regional input-output analysis combined with selected bottom-up analyses to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions embodied in New Zealand’s imports and exports. The analysis includes data for 113 countries and regions representing the entire world economy, with increased detail for New Zealand and Australia. Preliminary results indicate that emissions embodied in New Zealand’s imports are much lower than those in its exports. The study concludes in June 2010. For more information click here.