Approach for assessing environmental handprints

Laura Lakanen (Corresponding author), Kaisa Grönman, Heli Kasurinen, Saija Vatanen, Tiina Pajula, Katri Behm, Risto Soukka

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The need to reveal positive environmental consequences of offerings has risen as urgent climate actions are needed from companies. The environmental handprint approach was developed to indicate the positive environmental impacts of a solution offered to a client. The environmental handprint approach builds upon the previously published carbon handprint approach. The approach follows the guidelines of ISO standards on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) but complements them with instructions for calculating positive environmental impacts. The environmental handprint framework allows consideration of several different environmental impacts including climate impacts, air quality, and utilization of nutrients, water and resources, and it can be applied to products, services, organisations and projects. The framework consists of four main stages: 1. Handprint requirements, 2. Additional LCA requirements, 3. Quantification, 4.
Communication. The handprint approach provides an important addition to life cycle studies. Handprints can be used by organizations to communicate the environmental benefits of their products, services, and technologies. They also serve as an aid to identify improvement potential throughout the life cycle of an offering, thus supporting product development and decision making. Case studies supported the methodology development. A case related to water handprint in water treatment in the mining industry is presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE3S Web Conferences, 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Management (LCM 2021)
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2022
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
Event10th International Conference on Life Cycle Management, LCM 2021 - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 5 Sept 20218 Sept 2021

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SeriesE3S Web of Conferences


Conference10th International Conference on Life Cycle Management, LCM 2021
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