We can’t improve what we don’t measure.
No matter how good the science and technology are, if we’re not accounting for all aspects of the emissions from transportation, industrial processes, and agriculture, there is no way to meet the lofty goals needed to protect the planet, nor can participants be appropriately compensated.
Life-cycle analysis (LCA), also known as life-cycle assessment, is a primary tool to support decision-making for sustainable development. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses it to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a product, material, process, or activity. It’s a comprehensive method for assessing all direct and indirect environmental impacts across—importantly—the entire life cycle of a product system, from materials acquisition to manufacturing to use to final disposition. This “cradle-to-grave” accounting concept, also called “well-to-wheel,” when applied to fuels, and soon “farm-to-wheel” will become common as biofuels using agricultural feedstocks become a more significant fuel source.
The Argonne GREET Seal of Approval
We believe Argonne GREET® (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies), developed by Argonne National Laboratory with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is superior to any other LCA tool available. Argonne National laboratories has been working on LCA since 1995 and has been cooperating with several federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2014 to incorporate soil carbon. They update their models and stay current with the science. By employing rigorous scientific research and incorporating new developments and ideas, an accurate model for carbon intensity can be created and remove outdated boilerplate assumptions. This allows Argonne GREET to accurately account for the entire lifecycle. It also introduces the necessary ability to adapt to new developments and technological advances, making it the only model that can lead to every player in the lifecycle being appropriately compensated.
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