Harnessing AI for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Exploring Scope 3 with Deeper Docs

Published on
November 7, 2023

Harnessing AI for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Exploring Scope 3 with Deeper Docs

Published on
November 7, 2023
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As environmental awareness grows, businesses are increasingly adopting sustainable practices to reduce their ecological footprint. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a powerful tool that enables organizations to evaluate the environmental impact of their products and services throughout their entire life cycle. One critical aspect of LCA is Scope 3 emissions, which encompasses indirect emissions from a company's value chain. Deeper Docs, an AI-powered document processing toolkit by Deeper Insights, offers a groundbreaking solution to streamline LCA and effectively manage Scope 3 emissions.

Understanding Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

LCA is a comprehensive methodology that evaluates the environmental impacts of a product or service from cradle to grave. It considers the entire life cycle stages, including raw material extraction, production, distribution, use, and disposal. By analyzing each stage's environmental impact, businesses gain valuable insights into their ecological footprint and identify opportunities for improvement.

Our clients often struggle as their information is locked up in hard-to-find places: either in sensitive private documents, siloed data stores, or in complex or custom data formats (think messy PDFs with complex tables). Even worse - sometimes all three at the same time! We’ve developed a framework and suite of tools dubbed Environmental Document Processing (EDP) that help our clients overcome these challenges.

Demystifying Scope 3 Emissions

Environmental reporting is notoriously difficult to navigate, with a real lack of standards and shifting or ambiguous definitions hindering the movement. As part of our journey into LCA we have worked with many pioneering institutions and clients to demystify and unlock value on emissions. We see a real desire for our partners to understand what are Scope 3 emissions and how to handle them.

Simply put: Scope 3 emissions represent indirect greenhouse gas emissions occurring throughout a company's value chain. These emissions encompass activities such as purchased goods and services, transportation, waste generated, and employee commuting. Scope 3 is often the most significant and challenging category to measure, as it involves complex data extraction from various sources across the supply chain.

The Regulatory Perspective

From a regulatory standpoint, accurate Scope 3 reporting is becoming increasingly important for businesses.

Many prominent jurisdictions and intergovernmental organisations are already proposing mandatory Scope 3 declarations, including the EU, UK, California, and ISSB (International Sustainability Standards Board announced at COP26).

Non-compliance will soon lead to repercussions from reputational damage and possibly substantial fines. This makes it crucial for companies to take proactive steps in understanding and accurately reporting their Scope 3 emissions.

The Role of AI in LCA

Deeper Insights is not afraid of Impossible Problems, our bespoke AI solutions are embedded into an ever-growing list of Impossible Solutions: from best-in-class medical imaging, GenAI powered call centre optimisation,  etc.

Artificial Intelligence will play a pivotal role in enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of LCA, especially in tackling the complexities of Scope 3 emissions. By automating data extraction and analysis, AI streamlines the LCA process, allowing businesses to gain valuable insights and make informed decisions quickly.

Let’s take a closer look at how we are using AI for LCA.

Empowering LCA with Deeper Docs

Deeper Insights' Deeper Docs offer an AI-powered document processing toolkit designed to handle the challenges of LCA, especially in relation to Scope 3 emissions.

The platform's advanced automation and AI techniques enable it to extract and transform vast amounts of unstructured data from documents, such as PDFs, tables, charts, and conversations. This automation significantly reduces the burden on organisations and enhances the speed and accuracy of data processing.

Delivering Successful LCA Projects

We remove the burden of getting hands-on with complex documents and start delivering scalable AI solutions from Day One.

Deeper Insights has successfully delivered projects that utilize Deeper Docs for LCA purposes. By training sector and document-specific AI models to meet the unique needs of each business, Deeper Insights ensures optimal performance and precision in data extraction.

Through a single pipeline, we are able to handle many different document types, such as Invoices, Utility Bills, Contracts, Product Specifications, and many more. The versatility of our solution means that we can further fine-tune our models to specific related documents or to completely new document types.

All of our AI models are hosted within the secure enterprise-grade production environment that enables large-scale batch and on-demand data processing, adhering to the highest standards of information security.

Take Action Today

Embrace the power of AI and streamline your Life Cycle Assessment with Deeper Docs. By efficiently managing Scope 3 emissions, you can not only comply with regulations but also make significant strides towards achieving your environmental sustainability goals.

To learn more about Deeper Docs and how it can revolutionise your LCA practices, reach out to our team of experts today. Together, let's create a more sustainable future for businesses and the planet.

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