Product Life Cycle Assessment

Nowadays the ecological aspects of consumerism are increasingly recognised. However, how do we reliably quantify the environmental impacts of a product? Consumer decisions are often based on subjective impressions and outdated information. In contrast, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method in accordance with ISO 14040/44 presents a valid, standardised instrument for the calculation of the environmental impacts of an entire product system. We offer comprehensive consulting with every LCA to avoid misinterpretation of data and to present complex outcomes for different audiences in individual, meaningful ways. Competent, independent, and unbiased, ifeu assists with the selection of study subjects, the definition of system boundaries and balance methodology. Novel scientific developments in the LCA field are constantly monitored, integrated and purposefully put into practice. The expectations towards a study are just as diverse as the individual products that we model with LCA methodology. For instance, an LCA for swimming pools will naturally adopt a different approach from a foodstuff LCA. The ifeu experts know their trade and have the skills and experience to provide information and advice. With our outside perspective, we are consistently able to identify new angles and open up new horizons.


Benedikt Kauertz

Dipl. Ing. Spatial and Environmental Planning
Scientific Director
+49 (0)6221 4767 57

Andreas Detzel

Dipl. Biology
Scientific and Managing Director
+49 (0)6221 4767 0



Updated life cycle assessment for graphic and tissue papers

The last major study on paper products dates back to 2000. As paper production became more efficient, the question arose whether it is still true that products made from recovered paper are more…

LCA study of two different sandwich packs: A rigid plastic lunchbox and household aluminium foil

In a LCA study for the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), ifeu examined the environmental impacts of two different ways to safely pack a sandwich.