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Environmental
Sustainability:
Mineral Wool’s commitment
to Life Cycle Assessment
In order to assess the environmental sustainability of a product, each of its
positive and negative impacts on the environment from “cradle-to-grave”
must be carefully valued.
This needs to be done froman
objective, sound, science-
based perspective
, following commonly accepted evaluation
mechanisms. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is widely recognised as
the best way tomake a scientific assessment of the environmental
impact of products, systems, building elements and buildings.
At product level, a LCA is an inventory of its impact
throughout its life
- from the extraction of raw materials to the
product’s end of life following demolition or de-construction
of the building. It is measured at each stage with 24 different
standardised indicators
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linked to issues such as waste,
emissions and consumption of resources, etc.
LCAs provide valuable input for the assessment of the
environmental performance of buildings
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and are the best
science-based approach to supply information on products if
carried out according to existing international standards.
Mineral wool producers are committed to LCAs and the use of
related Environmental Product Declarations
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(EPDs).
The mineral wool insulation industry has produced a generic LCA
and its corresponding EPD, thoroughly analysing the main four
phases of its products life-cycle.
In the following chapter, we will summarise the main findings of
the mineral wool Environmental Product Declaration.
Production
stage
Use stage
End of life
stage
Construction
stage