Globally, the climate is changing at the hands of humans. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face together. It is our collective responsibility to change our habits and behavior. Reducing our environmental impact to a minimum requires decisiveness. NIBE wants to accelerate this change and is committed to sustainable growth, innovations and a planet-neutral building sector.
NIBE advises professionals in the construction industry to set ambitious, realistic, science-based sustainability goals and helps them realize their sustainability ambitions.
A good understanding of environmental impact helps make good decisions
A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an effective, data-driven way to assess the climate and environmental impacts of a product throughout the value chain. An LCA provides insight into how much harmful impact companies can reduce with their product to avoid the worst impacts on the environment and climate. Your organization is only part of the chain. Increasingly, organizations are being assessed on the sustainability of the entire value chain. By working together with chain parties you can optimize the value chain and create sustainability value with your product.
NIBE combines an LCA study with a professional, concrete and customized improvement advice. You gain insight into how to produce more efficiently, optimize improved products and develop new, sustainable alternatives.
The benefits of an LCA
An LCA provides objective information about the environmental impact of a product. By comparing LCA data of products, you can - from an environmental point of view - consciously choose the product with the best environmental performance - the least environmental impact. In addition, there are a number of other reasons to have an LCA carried out:
- To have the product included in the National Environmental Database (NMD).
- To win a tender. The award criteria in an invitation to tender require a verified, project-based LCA that provides insight into the environmental impact of the product in question.
- For a product for which the environmental cost indicator (EQS) has been calculated, the EQS has to be lowered.
- Because the centre of gravity analysis of an LCA indicates which material has the greatest impact in which phase of the life cycle, a product can be optimised on the basis of these insights. Of course this also applies to Product Development, where for new products or processes it is possible to look in design where possible improvements can be made. The LCA is then used to determine the sustainability strategy.
- In order to communicate the company's sustainability vision, the results of the LCA can be communicated to stakeholders.
- In order to meet criteria for Sustainable Government Procurement.
- As evidence for sustainable (building) certification systems.
NIBE helps to get the necessary information from your suppliers structured and as complete as possible. Where necessary, we support the collection and retrieval of missing data.
National Environmental Database
To be included in the NMD, LCAs must meet a number of conditions:
- The LCA with are calculated on the basis of the Dutch Determination Method.
- For foreign LCAs (e.g. German IBU LCAs) not all indicators applicable to the Netherlands have been calculated.
- For the Netherlands, in addition to A1 to A3, A4 (transport to construction site) and A5 (installation on construction site) are compulsory.
- For A4, fixed distances have been determined in the NL Determination Method.
- Unlike a European LCA where only A1 to A3 (production) is mandatory.
- For the Netherlands, D is also mandatory.
With effect from 1 January 2021, the European Standard has been amended. From that moment on, 8 additional indicators will apply - on top of the existing 11. Europe has agreed on a transition period of 4 years, but for the Netherlands additional reporting of the additional indicators is mandatory as of 1 January 2021.
For most recent and complete information on the National Environmental Database, www.milieudatabase.nl/.
- Production - phases A1 upto and including A3
- Transport to the building site - phase A4
- Processing on site - phase A5
- Use and maintenance - phase B
- End of life - phase C
- Advantages and loads outside the system boundary - phase D
Drivers for sustainability
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