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The award-winning Eco-Efficiency Analysis is a complex tool developed to help BASF and its customers assess the economic and environmental impact of a product or process over their its life cycle, for a defined customer benefit and within a specific system boundary. Covering six areas, the analysis looks at energy consumption; emissions; toxicity potential; land use; risk potential; and raw materials consumption.
Combining these impact categories over the product's life cycle gives the total environmental impact of a product or process. Economic data are also compiled. The economic analysis and the overall environmental impact are used to make eco-efficiency comparisons.
Economic and environmental data are plotted on an x/y graph. The life cycle costs are shown on the horizontal axis and the environmental impact is shown on the vertical axis. The graph reveals the relative eco-efficiency of a product or process compared to other products or processes. Study results which will be communicated externally are then verified by an independent third party organization to ensure validity, comprehensiveness and objectivity