Life Cycle Thinking
At Sherwin-Williams, we produce paint and coatings that protect the appearance and longevity of the structures and products to which they are applied, resulting in reduced life cycle impacts and costs for our customers. We have a rigorous and science-based life cycle assessment (LCA) program, which is the foundation for an expanding number of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) on our architectural and industrial product lines.
Our Approach to Life Cycle Assessment
Our LCA process starts with deciding how a particular product will be evaluated and the environmental attributes to be studied. The LCA evaluates factors such as raw materials used, distribution to retail centers, customer travel to purchase and apply the coating, usage considerations and packaging. Subsequently, we develop an EPD, which standardizes environmental impact information to provide transparency regarding the product’s environmental footprint and eligibility for credit in green building programs such as LEED. EPDs are an important tool to help specifiers and users compare various products.
As we implement our enterprise-wide Sustainability by Design initiative, LCA will continue to be a valuable tool for measuring the sustainability impacts of existing products and developing and certifying additional “sustainably advantaged products.”