Bloomberg customer hardware LCA

CASE STUDY | For a large financial news and media company, PRé did cradle-to-grave LCA studies of their latest customer hardware models. Comparing these results with studies done in 2010 and 2011 showed that the new models had lower impacts.

By Paula Bernstein on September 15, 2015

Cradle-to-grave LCAs – accounting environmemtal impacts for new designs

Although Bloomberg is not known for its hardware production, the financial news and media giant considers its customer hardware essential to the user experience. Members of the Bloomberg Professional service get access to a tremendous amount of fast-moving financial data and news, and Bloomberg’s custom keyboard and monitors are designed to help users stay on top of it all. Because the hardware is an important part of their professional service, Bloomberg takes previous environmental impact results into account when designing new hardware models and does regular life cycle assessments to analyse the environmental impacts of their new versions.


Less energy consumption lead to significant CO2 reduction

Since the latest LCAs done in 2010 and 2011, new customer hardware had been released, and it was time to see how the environmental performance of this new hardware compared to the previous model. Bloomberg opted for a cradle-to-grave study, looking at the impacts of all life cycle stages from raw materials extraction to end-of-life. PRé modelled the environmental impacts of hardware in SimaPro, providing access to data about global warming impact and five other impact categories.



As a result, it became clear that the new customer hardware achieves a solid lifetime CO2e reduction. The monitors, although larger than the previous version, consume much less energy during the use phase, leading to a 44% reduction in CO2e.


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Paula Bernstein worked for PRé from 2013 to February 2018. Her areas of expertise included environmental product performance, LCA databases, and supply chain sustainability measurement. Paula collaborated structurally in LCA and sustainability metrics implementation projects for many industries, such as apparel, food, and building & construction. She also worked closely with the PRé software team to implement databases in PRé’s software package SimaPro.

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