Hire An Academic For Life Cycle Assessment

How it works

Post details of your LCA

The LCA will be posted to ScholarTribe’s project board and shared with our academic community. We’ll also reach out directly to experts in our wider network.

Connect with academics

As academics apply for your LCA, we will ensure that they are suitable, before introducing them to you. You will receive their professional and academic background as well as their contact details.

Work on the LCA

Once you have been introduced to an academic(s) you like, you are free to start working together on the LCA whenever and however you like! We are on hand to help with project scoping, contracts and payment.

Make research-based positive change.

Why LCA?

Internal decision making

LCA helps managers to fully control the impacts of their product, facilitating action with suppliers and revealing areas in which improvements are needed. This holistic approach supports transparent and robust decision making in the search for greater and real sustainability.

External communication

Carrying out a rigorous LCA allows you to make external statements about the environmental impacts of your products or services, and have those statements backed up by a sound scientific methodology.

Claims and comparisons

It’s always more robust to do an ISO compliant LCA, because it would be peer-reviewed by fellow academics. This is recommended before all external communications, but is mandatory if claims or comparisons are to be made with others.

Why do an LCA with an academic?

Life Cycle Assessment has always been an academic practice since its inception as a technique. Despite the fact that it is now more common among businesses, it remains inherently suited to academics due to the way the data is assimilated and how the models are run. And in the case of ISO compliant LCAs, it is mandatory for academics to peer review the analysis before it can be published. ScholarTribe’s academics are highly experienced in conducting LCAs of varying degrees of detail, and also in navigating the peer review process with fellow researchers.

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LCA case studies

ScholarTribe academics have helped leading brands on a wide range of LCA projects.

Skincare brand

A skincare brand wanted to conduct an LCA on their flagship product to understand the product’s carbon footprint’s hotspots, and advise on the actionable changes they could make to the product and packaging. ScholarTribe connected the client with a Bath University (UK) PhD student, specialising in LCA, with a background in chemistry and with industry consulting experience. The academic conducted an LCA on the product, focusing on the carbon footprint and with a cradle-to-grave scope. Observations were made on how different chemical formulations or packaging choices would have impacted the carbon footprint. The LCA was delivered in a digestible 10-page report within 8 weeks, accompanied by a video call presenting the report to the client.

Vertical farming

A vertical farming company approached us to find two LCA experts to help create their own in-house LCA model. They particularly wanted to focus on conducting impact assessments for greenhouse gas emissions, and wished to explore different methodologies for doing so. ScholarTribe connected the company with two PhD students, who were each commissioned to produce light-touch, spreadsheet based LCA models. These were created by the academics during 12 hours of part-time work spread over two weeks. The client heavily involved themselves in the creation of these two models, and they have gained key insights into the considerations that they will need to make when they produce their own.

Microbrewery

A microbrewery based in Munich, Germany wished to produce an ISO-compliant LCA with a view to backing up its marketing claims on being a carbon neutral brewery. Three academics were put forward by Scholartribe for the project, each with their own specialisms but all with a wealth of LCA experience. The microbrewery decided to move forward with a postdoc researcher from the University of Edinburgh, who produced a full, peer reviewed ISO-compliant report. She furthermore put together a short two pager for press release purposes, and did a video presentation to the management team at the brewery.