Life Cycle Assessment

North Energy are one of the UK's leading Life Cycle Assessment consultants, and have already delivered many successful projects in this emerging market. We offer you a proven solution to your overall carbon management programme.

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LCA Overview

Many organisations are now looking to go further in the assessment of their carbon footprint. If you need to consider the full impact of your activities, or of a specific project, it is likely that you need life cycle assessment (LCA) to accurately quantify the environmental impact. LCA looks beyond the product or service you supply, and examines the full production process, from beginning to end: "from cradle to grave".

LCA analyses the full range of processes in the delivery of a product or service - from the mining of raw materials, the processes of the organisation that manufactures a product, the transport impact of delivering to market, the consumers use of the product, to the eventual 'post consumer' disposal method.

Based on a unique combination of an established background and a wide experience, North Energy are recognized independent experts in the rapidly growing field of life cycle assessment. This can be demonstrated by our involvement with Future Energy Solutions in developing the Environment Agency's Biomass Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT2); preparing databases for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and in working with leading liquid biofuel developers in the United Kingdom.

One Stop Sustainability Service

North Energy can offer a life cycle assessment service as part of our wide range of other energy, carbon management, and sustainability services - a genuine one-stop solution. Dr Nigel Mortimer is our key consultant for life cycle assessment. Contact him at nigel.mortimer@northenergy.co.uk or telephone 0114 201 2604.

Some of our recent work is listed below. More case studies and earlier reports may be found in the LCA section of our Example Projects.

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Recent and Ongoing Work

Nuffield Council on Bioethics

North Energy's Dr Nigel Mortimer showed his expert knowledge of the Life Cycle Assessment of biofuels as a member of the team which produced the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report "Biofuels: Ethical Issues", launched in April 2011.

Study into the Potential Energy and Greenhouse Gas Savings of Renewable Chemicals and Biocatalysts

The purpose of this study was to develop and review the existing evidence base, and formulate an overview of the potential benefits and other issues, regarding the prospective energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) savings of renewable chemicals and biocatalysts in the context of the UK.

The work was funded by BERR, with information and support from colleagues at the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), Chemistry Innovation, and Bioscience for Business KTN.

Study into the Potential Energy and Greenhouse Gas Savings of Renewable Chemicals and Biocatalysts

Life Cycle and Techno-Economic Assessment of The North East Biomass to Liquids Project

This is the Final Report on the life cycle and techno-economic assessment of the North East biomass to liquids (BtL) project, known as the Integrated Biomass to Syngas (IBS) project, as part of a study commissioned by the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC) and funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Overall project management and life cycle assessment was undertaken by Nigel Mortimer of North Energy, supported by Anna Evans, Vicki Shaw and Jane Hunter, with the techno-economic assessment being carried out by Prof. A. V. Bridgwater of Consultants On Process Engineering Ltd (COPE).

The aims of the study were to investigate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the economic viability of the project. The objectives required to achieve this consisted of determining the main configurations and technical specifications of possible options for the IBS project in terms of biomass feedstock supply, densification and conversion to liquid biofuels, estimating GHG emissions and economic costs of the project in a consistent manner, and conducting sensitivity analysis of key parameters.

Life Cycle and Techno-Economic Assessment of The North East Biomass to Liquids Project

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