Life Cycle Assessment
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a process used to numerically assess the use of raw materials, their environmental impact, and their potential environmental impact on the earth and ecosystem over the entire life of a product, spanning the procurement of raw materials through to production, distribution, use and disposal. To determine and reduce its environmental impact, the Nisshinbo Group calculates LCA data, which it uses to improve product planning and manufacturing processes.
Nisshinbo Mechatronics Inc. has developed and is selling a cross-flow fan for household air conditioners under the Eco Cross brand that has an extremely thin fan blade, reducing overall weight and decreasing environmental impact. Multiple Interface Life Cycle Assessment (MiLCA) software provided by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry was used for the environmental impact assessment (global warming, resource consumption and water resource consumption). Compared with the company’s conventional products, this analysis indicated that Eco Cross has an impact reduction of more than 20% in terms of global warming and resource consumption, and more than 30% in water resource consumption.
Impact Assessment Index