By Dr. Mark Buncher, Ph.D., P.E.
In March 2019, the Asphalt Institute (AI) released its industry average life cycle assessment (LCA) report on asphalt binder produced in North America. The study was conducted by Thinkstep AG, an international consulting firm well-known for its expertise in sustainability and life cycle assessment.
Not to be confused with life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) that only examines costs, LCA is a science-based method to quantify the environmental impacts of products, accounting for burdens throughout the supply chain of a given product. LCA is governed by international standards ISO 14040 and 14044.(more…)