Implementation of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Tool to Analyze Environmental Tradeoffs Within Sustainable Workplaces

At General Motors (GM), our vision is to create a world with zero crashes, zero emission, and zero congestion. Under the “Zero Emissions” pillar, GM established multiple public sustainability goals, targeting a reduction in scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions, with an overarching goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

The purpose of this project is to research and review current technologies, methodologies, and assessment conditions to assist GM with developing a streamlined LCA tool that can efficiently compile and visualize a variety of environmental criteria. This ensures all funded projects adequately support the overarching goal of carbon neutrality, without allowing for unseen & unacceptable environmental tradeoffs. Deliverables can expect to include: a recommendation on LCA software and assessments that fit the program’s needs, additional data reporting tools needed, and a framework for the life cycle assessments of engineering projects.