The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) is Australia’s peak professional organisation for people involved in the use and development of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), management and thinking.
ALCAS was established in 2001, an important milestone in Australia’s development of LCA. It was incorporated to promote life cycle practices and sustainable development, and to coordinate the rapidly growing professional community in Australia.
A not-for-profit organisation, ALCAS has individual and corporate members from industry, government, academia and service organisations. We welcome membership from people interested in the practice, use, development, education, interpretation of and advocacy for life cycle based approaches.
ALCAS and its sister organisation in New Zealand LCANZ identified a gap in the market for an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) programme in 2012. In 2014 ALCAS and LCANZ launched the Australasian Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) programme to bring credibility, consistency and independence to environmental product declarations in the Australasian region, in partnership with the International EPD Programme. For more information visit the EPD website.
LCA assesses the environmental aspects and potential impacts of a product, process or service by:
Compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs and environmental releases.
Evaluating the potential environmental impacts of those inputs and releases.
Interpreting the results to better inform decision-makers.