Why Choose the Green Star Standard Life Cycle Assessment Process?
- Improve Interaction
Improve how you interact with the Life Cycle Analyses and metrics that you currently use to track your design processes, supply chain and operations.
- Integrate Everyday Examples
Integrate your engineering examples and customer case studies into your designs and processes.
- Identify and Remediate
Identify issues and remediate the root causes via your root cause analyses. Standard-based GSS Life Cycle Assessments look at your entire product/service life, to the level of detail that you choose.
- No Programming Required
If you can type, copy and paste, you can license our software, or become a member.
- Fully Customizable
Unlike other companies selling or renting the use of server-side, pre-designed software, our user-interfaces are fully customizable.
- No Increase in Server Load
Unlike other server-side software that requires a process to run on your server each time a re-calculation, data update, or comparison is made, our software operates in your web browser.
- Simple Fee Structure
Unlike some other companies that rent their software on an annual basis, you can purchase ours vis an affordable monthly licensing fee.
- User Friendly
Unlike server-side software that forces you to click the back button each time they want to recompare, our software can compare multiple sets of mixes or groups without having to load another page.
Unlike Java software packages that are continually causing older web browsers to crash, our software not only works with older browsers, but if there is a problem the browser merely reports an error -- rather than crashing the browser.
- Software / Analytics Coop
Unlike other companies, if a custom report is desired, and we deem we can re-license the report to other sites, you will only be charged the normal licensing fee -- not thousands of dollars in hourly programming fees.
- Keep Your Visitors
Other companies include links to their websites on the user-interface of the installed software -- which may cause you lose your visitor. With Green Star Standard, the copyright information is located inobtrusively in the page footer, with no link to our website.
Since our software operates solely on your computer browsers, you can be sure that private information about your visitor is not being collected by any third parties.
- Site Redesign? No Problem!
If, after licensing and installing our software, you later redesign your site, you can simply revisit our Cool Design Tool and redesign/rebrand all of your software all at once.
Since our software resides on our web server, there is no need to install a special programming language on your web server in order to install our software on your website.
- One Bite At a Time
Unlike other software companies that require you to buy/rent a large suite of expensive software, you can license our inexpensive software in any quantity you choose -- as often as you choose.
- Wholistic Approach
Life Cycle Assessment assesses the environmental impacts of a product, service, organization or community (i.e. a system of products and services) over its entire life cycle. It is a holistic approach that takes into account:
- Extraction and treatment of raw materials
- Educational tools
- Product manufacturing
- Transport and distribution
- Product use
- End of life
- Growth and Innovation
By revealing the source and relative magnitude of environmental impacts, product-level LCA data informs your innovation agenda:
- It points to areas ripe for improvement, and
- Helps model the outcomes of competing new ideas.
- It improves marketing and sustainability claims to strengthen customer loyalty and boost sales.
- Cost Savings
Clarity around what’s truly driving environmental impacts – and their corresponding monetary costs:
- It helps hone your sustainability investments in the areas of highest potential impact.
- There’s the potential for tax savings too:
- changes in plant locations,
- certain investments in R&D, and
- projects related to renewable energy could be eligible for tax credits or other incentives.
- LCA helps managers tie cost savings to specific initiatives, demonstrating the value of sustainability throughout their own organization and to external shareholders.
- Internal Alignment
For large organizations who have struggled with how to get different functional departments to see eye-to-eye on sustainability issues, LCA provides a common ground for internal goal-setting and communication. Engineers, bookkeepers, and marketers alike can rally around the relative objectivity provided by LCA results to achieve consensus on enterprise-wide priorities.
- Regulatory Preparedness
For companies/communities with carbon-intensive products/services, LCA helps quantify the projected product cost implications of future carbon legislation and flags those areas that warrant immediate action. LCA enhances fuil disclosure to deflect scrutiny by regulators and other stakeholders.
- Corporate Reputation
LCA demonstrates that a company/community has moved beyond surface-level sustainability window-dressing to a deeper commitment to improved environmental impact. Its legitimacy in the eyes of scientists and regulators lends this approach an element of trust among stakeholders that other approaches lack. As LCA becomes more common, it is the actual results – and what they say about a company’s environmental progress – that will matter to stakeholders.
- Risk Reduction
By identifying and quantifying major environmental impacts, LCA helps your company develop your “position” around environmental issues to which your operations contribute. Whether it’s carbon emissions, toxic emissions, hazardous waste, or water consumption, each type of environmental impact represents a potential liability of which your company should be aware and manage accordingly.
- Minimize Your Compliance Burden
- 3rd-Party Certification Agency
When two companies’ products are verified by the same third-party certification agency, there is greater meaning in comparing environmental impacts across competitors. Furthermore, it can be more useful way to communicate LCA results to customers, who would need some sort of context or relative comparison in order to incorporate this information into their purchasing decisions.
- Dataset Quality
Some datasets needed to feed LCA analyses are publicly available. Previously there has been no standard to govern their quality. What’s more, such datasets are not tailored to the specific company conducting the assessment. They are useful for identifying sector-wide issues but may not be accurate enough for internal decision-making.
- Scenario Planning
Scenario planning helps you understand the robustness of your strategic direction in the light of evolving regulations and fluctuations in the price of natural resources (including oil and water).
- To develop realistic scenarios,
- Familiarize yourself with the various policies under debate and
- Stay abreast of new developments as important bills move through the legislative process.
- For example, examine the structural changes in the marketplace that may result from tax credits and other incentives in areas like renewable energy and building efficiency.
- Take stock of glaring weaknesses that could take a long time to correct, and
- Consider investing in early measures to mitigate major risks before they become actual costs.
- To develop realistic scenarios,
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