Life cycle analysis at Nokia and Adnams Brewery


If you had to make an educated guess at the energy use during the lifecycle of a Nokia phone where do you think most energy is used? Or, in the brewing industry, at what part of the production and distribution process do most GHG emissions occur? The answer is at the end of this post. Life cycle analysis of product production and use never fails to throw-up unexpected results. This was called to mind by this interesting post in Environmental Leader. The potential savings from turning off PCs overnight is estimated to be a staggering $2.8 billion.

At our Brussels Sustainable Manufacturing Summit last November life-cycle analysis case studies were presented from Nokia and Adnams Brewery, you can view the presentations here. For the brewer, by far the biggest source of GHG emissions was from the manufacture of the green glass bottle the beer came in. For Nokia products, the biggest energy usage over the lifecycle of the product occurs when people leave the phone charger in the wall without a phone connected. A surprisingly simple message. Turn off your PC at night, don’t leave the phone charger in the wall and drink beer from a tin.

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