North Energy is one of the UK’s leading Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) consultants for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, having delivered many successful projects in this field since the early 2000s.
An LCA goes further than a traditional carbon footprint in the assessment of GHG emissions; it considers the full impact of activities or specific projects, quantifying their GHG emissions over the full production process, from beginning to end: “from cradle to grave”.
LCA analyses the full range of processes in the delivery of a product or service – from the mining of raw materials, the processes of the organisation that manufactures a product, the transport impact of delivering to market, the consumers use of the product, to the eventual ‘post consumer’ disposal method.
Based on a unique combination of an established background and wide experience, North Energy are recognized independent experts in the field. This can be demonstrated by our involvement with Future Energy Solutions in developing the Environment Agency’s Biomass Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT2); leading research and modelling work on UK biomass options for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI); and providing LCA assessments for several ‘Innovate UK’ projects.
Life cycle assessment (LCA), also known as life cycle analysis, is a technique for quantifying the environmental impact of a product or service over its life cycle, considering raw materials, processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair, maintenance and disposal or recycling. It is the basis of greenhouse gas emissions assessments and so-called “carbon footprinting”. The concept can also be used to optimise the environmental performance of a product, process, company and even country. Its application in academic research and industry may bring substantial competitive advantages given the increasing need for research grant funding applications to take account of environmental impacts and for businesses to account for and manage their environmental impacts in response to international commitments, legislation and consumer pressure.
Our courses have been developed to provide participants with a good understanding of LCA and its application in determining the environmental impacts of bioenergy technologies. Our courses: give a good overview of LCA methodologies; enable participants to ask the relevant questions in order to evaluate ‘green’ claims for products and processes; and help participants choose the relevant assessment methodology and take the first step towards setting up LCAs in their areas of interest. Emphasis is placed on the need to use LCA to inform the development of a technology or process to ensure it delivers the desired low environmental impact.
North Energy works with clients to provide practical and cost-effective Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction (“carbon management”) strategies based on a their goals and available resources.
The starting point for an effective carbon management strategy is a clear understanding of a client’s current energy and materials resource consumption and how this consumption relates to the products and services provided. This provides the basis for identification of short-term measures and longer term strategic measures in the context of the organisational development plan.
We work with clients to clearly define the goals and scope of their carbon management strategy, particularly whether it is for their own internal purposes or to achieve external certification of GHG emissions reporting and whether the scope includes indirect (‘embodied’ or ‘scope 3’) GHG emissions associated with goods and services consumption.
As well as providing strategic advice, we can also offer practical assistance with carbon accounting and identification of energy efficiency investment opportunities.