Which has the highest impact on the environment, plastic or glass, tissue or hand dryer, carpet or wood flooring? According to the concept Life cycle approach there are no straightforward answers to these questions. It is because each product has advantages and disadvantages when it comes to its environmental impact over the life cycle. The science of sustainability is not exact, but there are tools to analyze such situations and provide better answers. The approach is called Life Cycle Analysis.
Sri Lankan consumers face the same difficulty choosing a product as the country lacks LCA studies. Major reason for that is the unavailability of data over the life cycle which enables carrying out LCA studies. The same issue is the bottleneck for introducing proper Eco Label schemes for products.
Having identified the importance of generating data for life cycle studies, National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC), Sri Lanka undertakes a project with UN Environment 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10 YFP) carrying the primary objective of developing a Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database. It is intended to provide essential data to support scientific sustainability tools such as LCA through this project “Promoting SCP in Sri Lanka through Facilitating Accessibility to Information”
As the first step of this project, NCPC organized a two day Training of Trainer (ToT) programme on 26th and 27th June 2017 in Colombo. Selected 20 LCA practitioners in Sri Lanka were trained by international resource persons from Green Delta and Eco Invent. 20 participants will then join hands with NCPC in developing LCI database for agri food sector and a Green product criteria based on the data for a selected agri food product.