The application of Life Cycle Approaches – including Life Cycle Assessment, ecodesign and environmental labelling – is becoming an increasing reality for business, and a growing challenge in many economic sectors. Businesses are facing increasing legal and market requirements to enhance resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of their products & services. To significantly address this challenge, the Life Cycle in Practice (LCiP) project was conceived, aiming to promote the uptake of LC approaches particularly in SMEs.

The LCiP project helps SMEs in France, Belgium, Portugal and Spain reduce the environmental impacts of their products and services across the entire Life Cycle in three sectors: Buildings & Construction, Waste Management and Energy Equipment.

32 SMEs in Northern France, Wallonia, Portugal and the Basque Country have demonstrated the environmental and business benefits coming from the practical application of Life Cycle Approaches in their companies under the European project LCiP (Life Cycle in Practice). It has been a unique opportunity to reduce the environmental, economic and social impact of their products and services throughout their life cycle and in in three specific sectors: construction, renewable energy and recycling sector.

The companies have reported their experiences and explained the achieved environmental, social and economic improvements.

16 SMEs in the construction sector tell us how they have integrated Life Cycle Approaches in their strategy
     6 SMEs in the recycling sector strategy tell us how they have integrated Life Cycle Approaches in their strategy
     
10 SMEs in the energy sector tell us how they have integrated Life Cycle Approaches in their strategy
  13 LC Champions have helped SMEs in the process
     

 

LCiP helps you implement Life Cycle approaches!

     

 

 

   

Life LCIP

LCiP- Life Cycle in Practice is a project co-funded by the LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance Programme of the EU supporting technological projects that offer significant environmental benefits. Matching funds are provided by each one of the participants. The project period is 2013 to 2016 and actions take place in France, Belgium, Portugal and Spain. The views expressed here are purely the authors’ own and do not reflect the views of the European Commission.