Environmental Genome Initiative Advisory Services

EGI has provided sustainability advisory services to some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Ascension among them; chemical and consumer goods manufacturers such as Dupont, BASF and GE; agriculture, energy, renewable energy, and recycling firms; as well as governments, academic institutions, foundations, and industry associations.

We’ve advised more than 100 organizations on sustainability and circularity projects, including many public companies that are facing increased demands from regulators, investors, and customers for climate risk and emissions reporting.

Sustainability planning often starts with a quantitative analysis tool, the life cycle inventory (LCI), that accounts for the input and output flows of raw materials, water, energy, emissions, and other discharges from a product or service “system.” A life cycle assessment (LCA) will then use these data to assess the environmental benefits and negative impacts throughout the life cycle – from raw materials acquisition and processing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, reuse if feasible, to end-of-life management. It can also be extended to an economic life cycle assessment.

We are often engaged to help with common but difficult challenges such as:

  • Reviewing and improving life cycle inventory data that are incomplete, compiled from unknown origins or with assumptions that are not clear, or otherwise lacking the detail necessary to be verifiable, actionable, and credible.
  • Pinpointing the most important operational factors that are causing negative environmental and financial  impacts, such as the overconsumption of energy, water, or other wastes. We’ll also help to shape a sustainability action plan to improve results such as product reformulation, equipment redesign, process modification, waste minimization, or recycling initiatives.
  • Measuring emissions in complex supply chains, within and beyond an organization’s direct control (Scopes 1, 2 and 3), establishing realistic quantitative goals, and an ongoing monitoring system.
  • Assessing environmental impacts during the product design stage,  when most of the product-related environmental impacts are determined.
  • Scenario analysis to examine the ways in which scaling sustainability initiatives or changing assumptions will influence operations and benefit the environment.

In addition, our work supports comparative LCAs, used to compare two or more types of products with competitive assertions and other marketing claims; single-issue LCAs such as Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint and Solid Waste reports, Hotspot Analysis, Economic Impact, and Environmental Product Declarations; as well as independent reviews of internal or third-party LCA study design or results.

Why EGI?

We typically start with a life cycle assessment, the most comprehensive tool used to evaluate the environmental benefits and negative impacts of products and services throughout the life cycle.

The backbone of the LCA is a quantitative analysis, the life cycle inventory. Our unique LCI database underlies all of our work and separates us from our competitors.

Our goal is to provide transparency, so our datasets are documented with detailed process descriptions, process flow diagrams, and energy by process units. To support our work, we built the largest LCI database available with CAS-numbered chemicals.

Our science- and engineering-based data offers results at a higher level of resolution and with greater granularity, which allows a deeper analysis. These highly detailed datasets paired with our advanced modeling methodologies allow us to develop information to fill data gaps, to pinpoint issues that negatively impact your bottom line and your product’s environmental performance –  issues that many others in our field don’t have the visibility to see. That’s why companies with complex supply chains, like pharmaceutical manufacturers, seek us out.

Whether your organization has specific challenges or is new to the business of assessing climate risks and emissions, we can help. It’s our goal to educate your staff throughout our work.

Please contact Environmental Genome Initiative founder Dr. Michael Overcash to discuss your project. Email mrovercash@environmentalgenome.org or mrovercash@earthlink.net. Call 919-571-8989 or 919-801-6064.