Holistic product and technology analyses

…from the Stuttgart region for over 20 years

Are you looking for competent support and expert information in the areas of Carbon Footprint Calculation (Scope 1-3), Product Carbon Footprint (PCF, EPD), Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)Then you are in absolutely the right place, because since 1999 we support to develop sustainable strategies with the help of holistic analysis and life cycle simulation of products and technologies.

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Sustainability assessment using simulation and accounting

LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH is a service and software provider for sustainable product and technology strategies (climate neutrality, zero emissions, energy, material, resource and cost efficiency) based in Backnang, Germany. Services of LCS are innovative, resource-saving and cost-effective solutions and since January 2019 climate neutral (through CO2 compensation, Gold Standard)

Individual solutions due to long-term experience (database & develop secondary data)

Applicability, transparency and simplified structure guaranteed (Office-based tool design)

Digital twins for the holistic illustration of complex products and technology systems

Our Partners

Our long-term clients include international companies from the automotive, supplier, electronics, construction, consumer goods and chemical industries. Furthermore, we are involved as a partner in several EU and national research projects.

Upcoming

LCS regularly participates in or contributes to public events by giving a keynote presentation. In this context there is always the possibility to get in contact with us without obligation.

LCS celebrates its birthday!

25 years ago today, on 05.03.1999, LCS was founded by Matthias. This was celebrated within the team with a glass of champagne.

We can look back on…

Webinar LCS & DfO

Yesterday, on 20.02.2024, we had the pleasure to hold an internal DFO Neuss/ German Research Association for Surface Treatment e.V. webinar on the topic of „Preparation of CO2 balances in surface technology“.
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💡 55% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 and climate neutrality by 2050

These are the demands of the EuropeanGreenDeal, which came into force in 2021. At the beginning of …

Sustainability Project Manager (m/w/d, full-time)

We are looking for a Sustainability Project Manager (m/f/d, full-time), both for career starters and for experienced professionals, as soon as possible.

LCS-Method

Our method – Life Cycle Simulation – combines the holistic and sustainable approach (technology, economy, ecology, socio-economics) with transparent simulation tools and proven standards.

e.g. life cycle assessment according to ISO 14040 and 14044, environmental management ISO 14001, energy management ISO 50001, production-integrated environmental protection VDI 4075, product carbon footprint ISO 14067, corporate carbon footprint ISO 14064, environmental product declaration ISO 14025.

Our multidimensional approach (up to 7 perspectives), based on detailed technology simulation, allows us to optimize the alternatives to be evaluated holistically over the entire life cycle and to visualize possible potentials.

Our method can be helpful for product as well as for technology analyses.

According to your customer requirements we evaluate along the entire life cycle, both up-stream (cradle to gate) and down-stream (gate to grave).

This allows your questions to be solved neutrally, comprehensively, understandable, with foresight and efficiently.

Our multidimensional approach (up to 7 perspectives), based on detailed technology simulation, allows us to optimize the alternatives to be evaluated holistically over the entire life cycle and to visualize possible potentials.

Our method can be helpful for product as well as for technology analyses.

According to your customer requirements we evaluate along the entire life cycle, both up-stream (cradle to gate) and down-stream (gate to grave).

This allows your questions to be solved neutrally, comprehensively, understandable, with foresight and efficiently.

Software Tool: LCS-LifeCycle Model

About Us

LCS was founded in 1999 by Matthias Harsch due to the constantly growing need for innovative holistic service concepts. To this day, an experienced and interdisciplinary team of experts advises you using transparent and practice-oriented analysis tools.

Many years of experience and continuous development

Transparent, interdisciplinary and scientific way of working

Flexibility as well as clear
communication skills

Our Team

Matthias Harsch (Dr.-Ing.)

Managing director

I studied mechanical engineering and then did my doctorate at the University of Stuttgart. Already here, the focus was on the topic of holistic accounting. In addition, I have many years of project experience with companies from medium-sized and large industry, collaboration in German and European research projects, as well as teaching activities currently at the TU Graz and HS Pforzheim.

I’m available via:

+49 (0) 171 6825 160
matthias.harsch@lcslcs.de

Maximilian Saiger (M. Sc.)

Sustainability expert

After my bachelor degree in Resource Efficiency Management, I completed the Master Life Cycle & Sustainability at the Business School Pforzheim. Since 2017, I am working at LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH as a project manager and a specialist for modeling and development of Life Cycle Models and as a LCA and sustainability analyst.

I’m available via:

+49 (0) 171 6822 600
maximilian.saiger@lcslcs.de

Nadja Sommer (M. Sc.)

Sustainability analyst

In my Bachelor’s degree I studied Industrial Design at Pforzheim University with a focus on ecodesign and circularity. With my Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Product Development at Reutlingen University I further deepened my holistic perspective. After my master thesis in the field of life cycle assessment, I joined LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH in May 2023.

I’m available via:

+49 (0) 15164578234
nadja.sommer@lcslcs.de

Our Team

Matthias Harsch (Dr.-Ing.)

Managing director

I studied mechanical engineering and then did my doctorate at the University of Stuttgart. Already here, the focus was on the topic of holistic accounting. In addition, I have many years of project experience with companies from medium-sized and large industry, collaboration in German and European research projects, as well as teaching activities currently at the TU Graz and HS Pforzheim.

I’m available via:

+49 (0) 171 6825 160
matthias.harsch@lcslcs.de

Maximilian Saiger (M. Sc.)

Sustainability expert

After my bachelor degree in Resource Efficiency Management, I completed the Master Life Cycle & Sustainability at the Business School Pforzheim. Since 2017, I am working at LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH as a project manager and a specialist for modeling and development of Life Cycle Models and as a LCA and sustainability analyst. 

I’m available via:

+49 (0) 171 6822 600
maximilian.saiger@lcslcs.de

Nadja Sommer (M. Sc.)

Sustainability analyst

In my Bachelor’s degree I studied Industrial Design at Pforzheim University with a focus on ecodesign and circularity. With my Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Product Development at Reutlingen University I further deepened my holistic perspective. After my master thesis in the field of life cycle assessment, I joined LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH in May 2023.

I’m available via:

+49 (0) 15164578234
nadja.sommer@lcslcs.de

LCS History and general developments

1993: Launch GaBi-Software

Holistic accounting – today LCA for experts – participation by Matthias Harsch

1999: Founding of LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH

2006: Presentation of the first self-developed LCA Tool 

…at the SETAC Conference in The Hague (in partnership with BSH Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte)

2015: COP climate conference (1.5 degree target)

2015: BMBF joint Project TransHybrid

Hybrid joining technologies for lightweight construction in transport applications, sub-projects: Life Cycle Analysis, sustainability assessment

1996: ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (first simple international version)

1997: Kyoto-Protocol

2001: First collaborative joint Research Project

Interior and facade paints with renewable raw materials (Sto AG / BASF AG)

2006: ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (extended version)

2012: EU-Research Project

Innovative Switchable Shading Appliances based on Nanomaterials and Hybrid Electrochromic Device Configurations (various project partners)

2020: EU Green Deal

2021: SusPackaging Research Project

Cost-efficient production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) for the production of tailor-made sustainable packaging for the cosmetics industry (Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IVV)

LCS History and general developments

 

1993: Launch GaBi-Software

Holistic accounting – today LCA for experts – participation by Matthias Harsch

1996: ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (first simple international version)

1997: Kyoto-Protocol

1999: Founding of LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH

2001: First collaborative joint Research Project

Interior and facade paints with renewable raw materials (Sto AG / BASF AG)

2006: ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (extended version)

2006: Presentation of the first self-developed LCA tool 

…at the SETAC Conference in The Hague (in partnership with BSH Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte)

2012: EU-Research Project

Innovative Switchable Shading Appliances based on Nanomaterials and Hybrid Electrochromic Device Configurations (various project partners)

2015: COP-Klimakonferenz 1,5 Grad-Ziel

2015: BMBF joint Project TransHybrid

Hybrid joining technologies for lightweight construction in transport applications, sub-projects: Life Cycle Analysis, sustainability assessment

2020: EU Green Deal

2021: SusPackaging Research Project

Cost-efficient production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) for the production of tailor-made sustainable packaging for the cosmetics industry (Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IVV)

Applications

Projects, research and knowledge transfer

Projects

Our used method – Life Cycle Simulation – can be applied to any system. Therefore, we are not limited to specific industries.

Research

The following projects are or have been funded with the kind support of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) or the EU (European Commission).

Knowledge Transfer

Passing our knowledge is important to us, so we practice transparency and share our experiences with different target groups through various platforms and at events.

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