International product design company, Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC) is celebrating a ‘silver’ Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. The award was made for IDC’s LCA Calculator and its outstanding contribution to sustainable design. It was presented at the Green Apple Awards ceremony which took place on Monday, November 12th, at the Houses of Parliament.
IDC’s lifecycle assessment software, the LCA Calculator, which helps designers to design products sustainably by analysing materials, manufacturing, energy, transport and disposal, was recognised as a vital tool for the future of sustainable product design.
IDC’s MD, Stephen Knowles, commented, “We are delighted with this latest award, which coincides with our 40th year of business. As a product design company our job is to help clients develop better products for a sustainable future. For us, the LCA Calculator is a cornerstone of the design process, and as it’s now available commercially, it is helping companies throughout the world place sustainable design at the heart of the development process.”
The LCA Calculator is a quick and intuitive way for designers and engineers to understand, analyse and compare environmental impacts of products and particular design decisions. It analyses the effects that a product or service has on the environment over the entire period of its life - from the extraction and processing of raw materials from which it is made - through to the manufacturing, packaging and marketing processes, and the use, re-use and maintenance of the product, and on to its eventual recycling or disposal as waste at the end of its useful life.
Launched in 1994, the Green Apple Awards are recognised as one of the major international environmental award schemes to reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.
Further information about the LCA Calculator is available at: www.lcacalculator.com.