DIN EN ISO 14040

Certified life cycle assessment according to DIN EN ISO 14040

What does the life cycle assessment - i.e. the evaluation of all environmentally relevant factors - of a product look like? More and more consumers, but also buyers from industry and trade, are demanding precise and reliable information about this.

This makes it possible for TÜV NORD CERT Prüf- und Umweltgutachtergesellschaft mbH to test its products in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14040. With a "Tested Life Cycle Assessment" of their products and the associated test mark, manufacturers create confidence in their products and the basis for their successful marketing. Customers receive a reliable basis for purchasing decisions, and manufacturers themselves can align and advance product developments and internal processes in an environmentally friendly manner.



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Benefits of the verified life cycle assessment

A life cycle assessment verified by a neutral body results in comparability between different products or the different development stages of one product. This provides objective information for potential customers, who can favour suppliers whose products embody the best ecological pedigree and features. This is particularly important in the automotive industry, where a clear and verified life cycle assessment is seen as a ticket to the market.

  • Transparent and reliable data on the environmental impact of a product

  • Creating trust through testing and verification by neutral accredited environmental assessors

  • Recognition and targeted minimization of weak points and ecological risks


Advantages of certification

A life cycle assessment audited by a neutral body creates comparability of products or different development stages of a product. This serves the objective information of potential customers: Buyers can specifically select those suppliers whose products have the best ecological properties. This is particularly important in the automotive industry, where a comprehensible life cycle assessment is considered an entry ticket to the market.

In addition, certified suppliers also benefit internally from the support of independent experts: the validation of the life cycle assessment shows possibilities for improving the environmental properties in the various life phases of a product; ecological risks and weak points become clear and can be specifically minimised.


A prerequisite for success especially in the automotive industry

After successful completion, the respective product can be marked with the "Certified Life Cycle Assessment" test mark. In principle, testing is possible for all types of products. It is particularly recommended for the automotive industry: here, a trustworthy life cycle assessment confirmed by a neutral party is regarded as an entry ticket to the market. TÜV NORD CERT UMWELTGUTACHTER GmbH's references include Audi, Porsche and Hyundai.

Identify ecological risks - identify opportunities for improvement

Within the framework of the audit, the independent environmental verifiers consider the entire life cycle of the product in question (Life Cycle Analysis). This involves recording and evaluating all inputs (e.g. raw materials) and outputs (e.g. emissions) caused by a product in relation to the environment in the course of its manufacture, use and disposal. If the life cycle assessment is positive, this not only improves the competitive position on the market: the results can be incorporated into production and design, for example in the selection of optimum materials. Buyers, on the other hand, can decide on a secure basis for those suppliers whose products have the best ecological properties.

FAQs on ISO 14040

For whom is the certification ISO 14040 interesting?
  • the automotive industry and its suppliers
  • In principle, however, a life cycle assessment can be validated for any type of product.
What are the Preconditions for certification ISO 14040?

The respective manufacturer must describe the entire life cycle of a product to be tested - from raw material extraction, production and application to disposal or recycling. The main focus is on aspects of possible effects on the environment.

Our know-how for your success

TÜV NORD CERT is an internationally recognised and reliable partner for testing and certification services. Our experts and auditors have in-depth knowledge and are always permanently employed by TÜV NORD. This guarantees independence and neutrality as well as continuity in the support of our customers. The advantage for you is obvious: our auditors accompany and support the development of your company and give you objective feedback.

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