PrimeAsia undertakes leather lifecycle assessment
The research covered almost 270 of the company’s leathermaking processes.
During the past 12 months, leather maker PrimeAsia has conducted a review aimed at increasing the level of scientifically-based approaches used in its operations. The primary data for its lifecycle assessment (LCA) is said to have been obtained from a detailed analysis of all the elements contributing to the environmental impact of its production processes.
According to PrimeAsia, the appraisal investigated more than 266 process phases, involved the collection of 3,000 data points and assessed operations conducted in five different countries.
“The discussions around the sustainability of different materials are becoming more important and will further increase in the coming years,” said the company’s chief executive Jon Clark. “However, we have seen that on many occasions, those discussions are based on assumptions, generic and outdated data. For this reason, and to be able to manage our efficiencies in a more precise way, we decided that it was important to perform an assessment that would look at all the aspects of our value chain, considering the collection of precise, primary data.”
The approach selected for this research involved scanning the structural characteristics of all facilities involved in the production of PrimeAsia’s leather, as well as a vast amount of process related data, in order to identify possible environmental improvement hypotheses and validate efficiency gains.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the May 2021 issue of SATRA Bulletin.