A new ISO/TS 14048 technical specification ‘Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Data documentation format’ aims to help companies evaluate the impact that a product has on the environment over its entire life.
Life cycle assessments offer a strategy for organisations to acquire sound environmental information on products and services and thereby influence decisions on materials used, production methods, distribution, and methods of disposal.
ISO/TS 14048 provides special requirements and guidelines for the preparation, conduct and review of life cycle assessment and life cycle inventory data, with a view to developing environmentally improved products and services over their whole life cycle.
ISO/TS 14048 costs 128 Swiss francs and is available from ISO national member institutes. It is the work of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 207, Environmental management, subcommittee SC 5, Life cycle assessment.