The Green Recovery is underway and environmentally sustainable development is now more than ever at the forefront of the global community’s agenda. Around the world, businesses and governments are setting increasingly ambitious environmental sustainability targets in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With supply chains more globalised and complex than ever before, realising these goals is a significant global challenge for today.

Realising the Green Recovery and meeting the SDGs necessitates a systems-wide approach to sustainability, where all stages of product and process life-cycles are taken into account. In fact, it has been shown that over 75% of product life-cycle emissions are emitted outside of the producer’s direct operations. In light of this, Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used to quantify the environmental impacts over the entire life-cycle and to determine environmental “hotspots” for improvement. However, use...
The Green Recovery is underway and environmentally sustainable development is now more than ever at the forefront of the global community’s agenda. Around the world, businesses and governments are setting increasingly ambitious environmental sustainability targets in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With supply chains more globalised and complex than ever before, realising these goals is a significant global challenge for today.

Realising the Green Recovery and meeting the SDGs necessitates a systems-wide approach to sustainability, where all stages of product and process life-cycles are taken into account. In fact, it has been shown that over 75% of product life-cycle emissions are emitted outside of the producer’s direct operations. In light of this, Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used to quantify the environmental impacts over the entire life-cycle and to determine environmental “hotspots” for improvement. However, users of LCA must model and screen many alternative life-cycle designs to determine the most environmentally sustainable decisions which is costly and time-consuming. Additionally, this traditional approach utilises oversimplified aggregate databases and fails to capture the complexity and conflicting decision criteria of real-world problems.

We are developing a user-orientated desktop app for MAthematicl Life-Cycle OptiMisation (Malcom). Malcom enables users to minimise their environmental impacts and ensure sustainable development. Underpinned by mathematical optimisation and LCA, Malcom enables users to optimise their product/process life-cycles to meet their economic and sustainable development goals, including net-zero targets. LCA methodology also enables users of our software to minimise other environmental impacts associated with emissions to soil, water and air. Harnessing our founding members’ expertise in systems thinking and mathematical optimisation, Malcom enables users to quickly make optimal life-cycle design decisions without the requirement for modelling and screening of many alternatives. Specifically, Malcom can advise key sustainability impacting decisions, including: choice of suppliers of raw materials, new facility locations, expansion/contraction/closure of facilities, facility-product-market allocation, and planning for forecasts in supply and demand.
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Alex Durkin CEO Motivated sustainability entrepreneur applying systems thinking to the optimisation of product and process life-cycles.