LCAs reveal the hidden impact of our choices, allowing us to implement steps to minimize them.
In 2022, a team of sustainability specialists and mechanical engineers completed Prodrive’s first environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) within the power conversion technology program. In this case, we wanted to assess the environmental impact of our white label AC charger (WLAC) and understand what changes should be implemented so we can develop a more sustainable charger in the future.
During the assessment we looked at the environmental impact including carbon footprint, ecotoxicity, human toxicity and resource scarcity across the entire product life cycle. This includes everything from raw material acquisition to product assembly, transportation, use of the product and end of life.
The results showed that the use phase of the charger creates the largest environmental impact and that quick wins can be achieved by optimizing logistical movements, internal processes and making smart material choices.
We have the ambition to expand our expertise regarding LCAs to other programs and projects within Prodrive. We are continuously seeking highly motivated and detail-oriented students to join us as LCA interns. If you are familiar with life cycle assessments, we encourage you to apply!
On a given day as an intern, you may start the day working out at our Provide Gym, followed by a review meeting with your team to discuss progress on the project or consulting with a product designer to discover where sustainable product changes can be made. Other days may be spent doing desk work by gathering and reviewing the necessary data to complete the LCA. Your day may be broken up by having a healthy and delicious lunch in our canteen taking a refreshing walk outside.
LCAs reveal the hidden impact of our choices, allowing us to implement steps to minimize them
Life Cycle Assessment profile
Pursuing a degree in sustainable innovation, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related technical degree with some courses in sustainability.
Familiar with LCA inventory reporting methodology
Pros and cons
Flexible working hours
You are a gamechanger by working on a project that is relatively new to the company
Fun and engaging working environment
Challenging due to the lack of industry data on Life Cycle Assessments
Less engaging topics covered such as uncertainty analysis, GHG reporting, and impact calculations