CiViA goals are:
* Support incorporation of the life cycle approach in business management, spreading the concepts and their application in mapping and analyzing externalities
* Foster quantification and management of environmental impacts caused by products and services, adopting the life cycle approach
From a systemic view of the company value chain, the project will offer training for product and service strategic management, encouraging innovation through the life cycle approach. The project will develop activities within a business network that will also contribute with other existing initiatives in the industry in order to share experiences and best practices.
In the first year, 2015, CiViA will work on one of the environmental impact categories in the life cycle assessment: climate change. After having been trained in a variety of methods and having jointly built tools, CiViA members will be able to calculate their products' carbon footprint. The project will also contribute to jointly build a national database with updated information on greenhouse gas emissions from base* products in different sectors in the Brazilian economy. (* base products: raw materials used in other products, i.e.; primary or intermediate goods in sectors such as the steel industry, metallurgical, petrochemical, cement, agriculture, among others).
Later on, CiViA expects to work with other environmental impact categories, as well as with the socio-economic aspect, promoting a broader view of products and services life cycle. The results achieved will be published, so as to promote debates on the topic with the society.
To join CiViA, access the full documentation here.
CiViA launching represents a natural evolution and maturity of the climate change topic within the Brazilian business sector. Themes such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emission corporate inventories, climate management, adaptation to climate change, and carbon markets, which used to be unknown in the past, are currently an integral part of strategic decisions and have been increasingly incorporated by companies.
Thus, CiViA enables businesses to advance in one more stage of their environmental management, having a broader view of the products and services they offer. Rather than focusing only in the company's operations, the life cycle analysis provides for a comprehensive view of all links in the production chain, involving suppliers, customers and end users with the purpose of reducing impacts.
GVces counts with extensive experience in the climate change topic, and among the most popular initiatives are Brazil GHG Protocol Program and Companies for the Climate (EPC) Platform, besides other works we published (learn more here**MISSING). Those projects help businesses understand and measure their impacts and also incorporate impact reduction in their management practices, leveraging growth and innovation opportunities in a more sustainable way.
***Link to library or section showing EPC publications (business proposals for public policies in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and PEA publications (sector studies, plan for industries, carbon market)