Harmonization of LCA Methodologies for Metals

Creating a ‘common voice’ for the metals industry on life cycle methodologies when engaging with various stakeholders.

This initiative was launched to review the current methodology used within the metals and mining industry for life cycle inventory (LCI) and life cycle assessment (LCA) of metals and metal products. This new guidance is intended for use by associations and companies within the metals and minerals industry to support engagement and communication with regulators, life cycle database providers, and industry groups related to the metals and minerals sector.

The harmonization initiative was headed up by the International Copper Association (ICA) and brings together representatives from ten metal commodities, as well as the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Eurometaux and Euromines. Supported by PE INTERNATIONAL, the initiative has created this multi-metal guidance document.