Life Cycle Analysis

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a tool used to assess the environmental impacts of manufacturing a product. It is essentially a cradle to grave look at the life of a product. LCA investigates:

  • raw material extraction
  • production and manufacture
  • usage and reuse
  • disposal or end of product life

By using LCA, Austrak is able to determine the most sustainable way to supply, produce and manage the life of a sleeper or turnout. This analysis will show alternative means of raw material supply, potential increases in manufacturing efficiency, reuse and recycling possibilities and outcomes of product end of life. This encourages an extensive look at the sustainability and environmental effects of sleeper manufacture.

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