The Hotspot Scan is a public tool that allows a systematic and efficient assessment of potential hotspots in the life cycle of innovative products.
The Hotspot Scan, originally created in FutureNanoNeeds, has been augmented in the Perocube project to a tool that allows to scan for hotspots in the life cycle of innovative products.
This tool is still in development, but is intended to become available free of charge at the end of 2021.
The approach of life cycle thinking is important to minimize the human health and environmental burdens associated with products or product portfolios throughout their entire life cycle and value chain. These human health and environmental burdens can be assessed by means of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). However, to perform a full LCA can be a time-consuming and challenging task. Instead, the hotspot scan provides an intermediate assessment focusing on the strongest human health and environmental impacts based on establishing all the material flows.