The environmental footprint of services and products plays a crucial role for the evaluation of production processes and research projects, also in relation to its commercial effects.
At the European level, promotion and incentive policies are emerging for supply chains based on the evaluation and minimization of environmental impacts of products and processes.
Environmental impact calculation procedures are varied and apply to different areas and contexts. The type of procedure depends on the product/service being studied, the contextual conditions and the boundaries within which the phenomena are to be investigated.
The methods for calculating and evaluating the impacts are currently being researched, as not all products and processes have been sufficiently investigated and the boundaries of the calculation are often undefined.
A procedure typically used in the industrial field is the LCA calculation. Following the assessment of the environmental impact, the topic of mitigation and minimization is addressed through different strategies and technological interventions.
The Idea-Re team carried out LCA assessments in the context of research projects; provides advice on the environmental impact of products/services; collaborates in the definition of the best strategies for the minimization and mitigation of environmental impacts.