Since its first release in 2006, the ELCD (European reference Life Cycle Database) comprises Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data from front-running EU-level business associations and other sources for key materials, energy carriers, transport, and waste management. The respective data sets are officially provided and approved by the named industry association.
Data are accessible from the following link: http://elcd.jrc.ec.europa.eu
What’s new in the ELCD 3.0?
Focus of the new release of ELCD is laid on data quality, consistency, and applicability.
Many ELCD 3.0 datasets have been reviewed against the ILCD Data Network entry-level data quality requirements in order to provide quality-assured LCI data. 36 ILCD Data Network Entry-Level compliant datasets can currently be found in the ELCD 3.0. Many other newly developed data sets on energy, transport and materials) are currently being reviewed against the ILCD Entry-Level requirements and they will be published in next batches of the ELCD 3.
Data access and use
Import into LCA software
The first step in providing data for the ILCD Data Network is to develop ILCD entry level compliant LCI datasets.
The development, documentation and publication of LCI data sets (both unit process and LCI results) are supported by the ILCD data set format that also serves as common data exchange format for the ILCD Data Network. Currently the ELCD database is equally made available in the ILCD format.
A short course about the ILCD Handbook, that can be useful when developing ILCD entry levels compliant datasets is available for download
Here is a collection of review instructions and template, useful documents and IT tools and that must be used in order to develop a ILCD compliant datasets and to review the datasets against the ILCD entry level requirements.
The recommended LCIA methods for use in the European context with associated characterization factors (CFs) have been developed following the recommendation of LCIA models within the ILCD Handbook and can be downloaded from this website.
It is possible to use the ILCD Editor to develop Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methods with the ILCD format.
The ILCD Data Network soon to be launched is aimed at providing a globally usable infrastructure for consistent and quality assured LCA data (i.e. LCI and LCIA datasets) from different organizations. It should be launched in the second semester of 2012.
The ILCD Data Network will be a web-based infrastructure to ensure LCA data with easy access via searches, filtering, and sorting.
The data sets in the web-based, non-centralized network will come from any data developer/owner, e.g. industry, national LCA projects, research groups, and consultants. The data will be published by the developer/owner under its own conditions (e.g. for free, for fee, via registration).
(NEW February 2012!): Here you can find the Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) Characterisation Factors (CFs) of the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook recommendations on LCIA in ILCD format as referred to for example in prEN 15804. A technical note supports the correct use of the CFs and points out some known limitations. . The CFs dataset, entailing metadata, could be download both as a MS excel® files and as a ILCD-formatted xml files (zip version 1, March 2012, errata corrige).