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Life Cycle Assessment

Make Eco-Friendly Choices for the Earth

In the production process, it is from time to time very difficult to decide which material is most environmentally sustainable development, for example:paper or plastic. But there is a method, Life Cycle Assessment. By assessing the impacts of the products on the environment, and comparing the degrees of these impacts, we can make eco friendly choices.

LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) is a method of eco design, which takes into account all the impacts while manufacturing, using, transporting and disposing or recycling of all consumed energy resources (such as water, electricity) by the product and its packaging. LCA takes into account impacts such as global warming, ozone depletion, water pollution levels, and the impact on the habitat into consideration. Currently some international standards, like ISO14040 (Life Cycle Assessment Principles and Framework) and ISO 14044 (Life Cycle Assessment Requirements and Guidelines) have been published to identify the items which have more severe environmental impacts and to improve the eco design by using LCA.

In 2009, BenQ started to cooperate with key suppliers to complete a Life Cycle Inventory of LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital projectors, e-readers, digital cameras and other products by the end of 2010 to fully understand the potential environmental impact of every product, especially carbon footprint. With this basic information, BenQ will be able to develop more energy saving and carbon abatement products in 2011.