Keyword: Assessment tools (10)

AkzoNobel: Eco-efficiency

In this article the authors present how Eco-Efficiency Assessment (EEA) is used within AkzoNobel and applies that on chelating agents. The article was published in International journal of applied science, Personal care, detergents, and specialties. Issue number 10, 2009. Verlag für chemische Industrie Augsburg, Germany Eco-Efficiency Assessment in AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel: Environmental Impact Analyser

By Described here is an example from AkzoNobel of how environmental issues can become incorporated in the product development process. To be able to evaluate the impact on global warming, water usage and waste generation already in the R&D phase of a product, a tool for calculation of carbon, water and waste footprints has been developed for […]

Eco-efficiency Assessment (EEA)

By When comparing new products with competing products on the market, environmental as well as economical aspects are necessary in order to evaluate the market acceptance of the new products and the possibility to gain market shares. Also, in order to know where to put efforts and resources to acheive the most environmental gain, it is […]

Some definitions of Eco-efficiency

By 1.       ISO/DIS 14045 The ISO/DIS 14045 declares: “Eco-efficiency is a quantitative management tool that enables the consideration of life cycle environmental impacts of a product system alongside its product system value to a stakeholder”. The draft standard defines eco-efficiency as “an aspect of sustainability relating the environmental performance of a product system to its […]


By In this Getting Started Guide we will introduce the concept of Eco-efficiency and the methodology of Eco-efficiency assessment and guide you to different uses of it. What is Eco-efficiency? Eco-efficiency is a management philosophy which encourages business to search for environmental improvements that yield parallel economic benefits. The objective is to become more efficient […]

How we work with LCA at AkzoNobel

By At AkzoNobel a corporate group, AN Sustainability, are specialists at performing  environmental assessments with a life cycle thinking. The LCA methodology is used to perform a variety of different anlyses in order to support the strategic sustainability work of AkzoNobel. This is though not how it all started. The development of this group, AN Sustainability, are described below. […]

More information on Eco-efficiency

Here are some links to further reading about Eco-efficiency and assessment World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).   European Environment Agency (EEA)

Eco-efficiency methodology

By An EEA assesses the ecological impact and financial structure of competing products, processes or services delivering the same customer benefit, and identifies the best alternative. It includes all steps along the life cycle. The general procedure for carrying out EEA is presented in figure 1. The eco-efficiency methodology is based on a combination of […]

Occupational health and safety in the SCA hygiene business

By The work with occupational health and safety issues for the SCA hygiene business includes procedures for hazard and risk assessment of chemicals and materials that are introduced within process development and at the manufacturing facilities. For chemical products, a specific chemical assessment is performed and if there are specific concerns, also a toxicology assessment […]

Uses of Eco-efficiency in business

By Eco-efficiency has become a widely used management concept among large companies worldwide. The reason for this can be as Kuosmanen states: Many policy makers, business managers, and consumers are keen to make environmentally friendly decisions, but they simply lack the necessary information resources to compare different alternatives. …. The function of Eco-Efficiency measures is […]