This article presents and discusses the test implementation of Organizational Life Cycle Assessment (O-LCA) in the two Italian facilities (Aptar Italia), of a world leader group in the dispensing solutions niche of the packaging industry. This study was conducted in 2018 and was based on primary data and internal documentation provided by the company itself referring to 2017. The O-LCA test application revealed a number of environmental hotspots on which the organization should focus to undertake improvement actions, both internal and external, in particular related to the raw materials extraction and production that generate the major impact in terms of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The experience gained in the two facilities mentioned may also serve as a framework for the management of the environmental performance of the whole organization and for informing corporate sustainability reporting. The actions described in this article can be considered a significant example of the application of O-LCA in assessing the environmental impacts of a manufacturing company; the results can provide methodological and practical insights to scholars and practitioners in that field of activities.

Organizational Life Cycle Assessment: methodological and practical insights from a pilot test in the packaging industry.

Michele Del Grosso
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Alberto Simboli;Michela Rimano;Andrea Raggi
2019

Abstract

This article presents and discusses the test implementation of Organizational Life Cycle Assessment (O-LCA) in the two Italian facilities (Aptar Italia), of a world leader group in the dispensing solutions niche of the packaging industry. This study was conducted in 2018 and was based on primary data and internal documentation provided by the company itself referring to 2017. The O-LCA test application revealed a number of environmental hotspots on which the organization should focus to undertake improvement actions, both internal and external, in particular related to the raw materials extraction and production that generate the major impact in terms of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The experience gained in the two facilities mentioned may also serve as a framework for the management of the environmental performance of the whole organization and for informing corporate sustainability reporting. The actions described in this article can be considered a significant example of the application of O-LCA in assessing the environmental impacts of a manufacturing company; the results can provide methodological and practical insights to scholars and practitioners in that field of activities.
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