What is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?

An LCA or Life Cycle Assessment is a method of understanding what the environmental impact of a product will be across a range of different impact categories including climate change. The term ‘life cycle’ is used to reflect the fact that LCA measures the whole life of a product from cradle to grave. 

What is MarineShift360?

MarineShift360 is a modern web-based Life Cycle Assessment software tool designed by marine industry experts for marine designers and engineers to evaluate and compare materials and processes, investigate alternatives and drive innovation. It supports informed, environmentally and economically sustainable choices, by providing a cradle to gate or cradle to grave assessments.

MarineShift360 enables marine businesses to quickly assess the impact of their products, whether individual components or a whole vessel, drive innovation, identify efficiencies and reduce costs without compromising on performance, all at the design stage.

MarineShift360 has been developed in accordance with the main international standards for life cycle assessment: ISO 14040:2006 and ISO 14044:2006. However, we advise that individual outputs and reports generated through the use of MarineShift360 should be separately reviewed to confirm compliance to ISO 14040:2006 and ISO 14044:2006 before publication. This process will be straightforward if the MarineShift360 tool guidance has been followed and the built-in report template been used. Sign up for free now to learn more.

How is our tool different from other tools?

This is a bespoke marine industry tool that provides a cradle to grave assessment of the materials and processes involved in boat construction. You will be able to understand the full environmental footprint of your product across all stages of its’ life cycle, with data collected by marine industry experts, from a diverse mix both geographically and sector wide range of businesses in performance, production, rigging, sails, deck hardware. This tool measures eight different environmental impacts to provide an broad overview of the environmental footprint of your product. Sign up for free now to learn more.

Is the MarineShift360 tool free to use?

Yes – you can access a fully functioning starter version of MarineShift360 for free. This allows you to create one simple LCA project. You will need to sign up to the Professional version of if you want access to our range of productivity features – for example, ISO reporting, data import/export, scenario analysis and so on. Our Enterprise version include all Professional feature and is suited to larger organisations with multiple users. Sign up for free now to learn more.

What are the benefits to your business?

  • Immediate access to a significantly developed and robust dataset tailored to your industry
  • Contribution to the tool's future development in line with your business requirements
  • Increased efficiency and potentially reduced costs across a range of areas of a product's life cycle without compromising on performance
  • Avoidance of mitigating one environmental impact at the expense of another
  • Improved image and brand value
  • Ability to adapt to future legislation

Sign up for free now to learn more about what MarineShift360 can do for you. 

Is the M360 tool going to continue to evolve?

Yes – we are always keen to get feedback from users. Feel free to contact our friendly team if you have any ideas for feature enhancements or want to contribute to new materials and processes to our database. Email support@marineshift360.org.