Dassault Systèmes Debuts Life Cycle Assessment Solution on its Platform
Combining virtual twin technology and life cycle assessment capabilities offers ways to set up sustainability requirements early on and measure the sustainability of decisions before implementing them.
February 25, 2022
Dassault Systèmes is launching “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence,” its life cycle assessment (LCA) solution that enables companies to minimize environmental impacts of the products, materials and processes they create, the company says. Embedded in Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and covering the value chain, the cloud-based solution integrates the ecoinvent database on the impacts of more than 18,000 industrial and agricultural processes, into virtual design, product development, manufacturing engineering, operations and logistics.
“Collectively building a sustainable economy requires transforming the sustainable innovation process, from extracting raw materials to usage, reuse and recycling,” says Florence Verzelen, executive vice president, Industry, Marketing and Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes. “Whether in manufacturing, infrastructure and cities or life sciences, data science experiences that combine LCA capabilities with virtual twin technology offer companies new ways to innovate by understanding how their decisions affect natural resources, ecosystems and health.”
By combining LCA data with virtual twin technology, “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence” will empower LCA specialists, industrial designers, product engineers and manufacturing engineers to create circular life cycles by setting up sustainability requirements early on and collaboratively driving them throughout the design, product development and manufacturing engineering phases. It integrates supply of materials, design, manufacturing, operations, logistics, sales, marketing and end-of-life management, providing real-time insights that allow teams to identify problems or improvements virtually before acting on them.
“Sustainable Innovation Intelligence” relies on the life cycle inventory database of the not-for-profit ecoinvent Association, whose datasets measure and provide information on natural resources taken from the environment, the pollution released into water and soil, the emissions released into air, the products demanded from other processes, and the products, co-products and waste produced in diverse sectors on global and regional levels.
“Our partnership with Dassault Systèmes is the first one with a software company in which our database is used at the very beginning of the product and manufacturing engineering processes for sustainability assessments,” says Emilia Moreno Ruiz, interim director, ecoinvent Association. “LCA brings the metrics needed to evaluate environmental impacts across the product lifecycle. Integrating that with virtual twin technology opens new possibilities to address these impacts early on.”
“Sustainable Innovation Intelligence” is a step in Dassault Systèmes’ commitment to achieve its emissions targets and become a net zero company.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.