Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCA) is the comprehensive method used to account for all ecological and human health impacts of a product or process over its entire lifecycle. It accounts for emissions, habitat alteration, and resource depletion associated with all product inputs and, as a result, is considered the most comprehensive and objective impact measurement system today. This entirely quantitative approach is a framework used for assessing solutions and evaluating materials and energy usage. Because of its highly detailed process of measurement, it can be a time-consuming and expensive process.
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