Life Cycle Effect Screening

About LCES

The Life Cycle Effects Screening (LCES) evaluation uses a lifecycle (cradle to grave) approach that takes into account environmental impacts and /or benefits throughout the entire life of the product including (but not limited to) raw material extraction, energy and water consumption, transportation, manufacturing, consumer use, and final disposal at the end of product life.

The evaluation takes into account major known advantages, trade-offs, disadvantages, limitations and differentials between different material and process choices that may be used to produce a product. These issues are then tabulated into the LCES Matrix for comparison. The LCES is a desktop life cycle review, and is a qualitative assessment of the life cycle impacts of the product based on the documentation and test reports the manufacturer submits to LCES provider.

After reviewing the data provided by the manufacturer and conducting the LCES, the LCES provider will submit a written report to the manufacturer and CHPS. The product may then be listed in the CHPS Registry along with the LCES Matrix and Report.

Why have an LCES evaluation done for your product?

The CHPS Registry identifies environmental risks that are known to exist with some single attribute environmental claims and in certain manufacturing situations. By completing an LCES, you can show that your company has achieved a level of environmental performance above the norm for your product category and environmental claim.

If your product submission to the CHPS Registry results in an environmental caution flag, you may have a LCES complete to address the flag and show off the full environmental performance of your product. Contact an LCES providers listed below for more details on the LCES program:

Listing of qualified LCES Providers:

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
2200 Powell St.; Suite 725
Emeryville, CA 94608
Ph. 510-452-8000
Fax. 510-452-8001