Carl Vadenbo

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Wednesday, October 2 2019

  • 2:15pm

    This guidance document aims to cover the most important aspects that need to be considered when undertaking projects related to the development of national LCA databases and incorporates insights from previous national LCA database development efforts to guide a successful process. It provides an outline of the process to be followed for establishing a roadmap, providing a clear path towards achieving a national LCA database, and also provides guidance on how to identify and involve key stakeholders. As such, the intended audience of this document includes entities aspiring to drive national LCA database development in their own countries or regions. It is assumed that readers and users of this document possess a good knowledge of the LCA methodology and LCA databases.

    The capabilities required for establishing and maintaining a national LCA database are inherently multi-disciplinary, i.e. ranging from mobilizing funding sources and designing governance mechanisms to possessing technical knowledge (e.g. on data formats and IT requirements). As such, certain sections of the document may have more relevance than others to the different actors involved in LCA database development. In general, however, the document is aimed at technical users with LCA knowledge (e.g. a consultant) who is guiding a national database development process. The document is not intended for all potential stakeholders in a database roadmapping project (e.g., a government agency representative without technical LCA database knowledge), and it is expected to be the responsibility of the project lead to interpret and explain the salient information in the guidelines to such stakeholders in familiar language. Furthermore, the document does not go into detailed technical aspects that would not be in the realm of an LCA technical lead, e.g. IT requirements for web-hosting a database. It would be expected that the database roadmap project leads would team up with/hire experts with the requisite knowledge of such aspects.

    The Development of National LCA Database Roadmaps project ran from October 2018 until August 2019 as part of the Resource Efficiency through Application of Life cycle thinking (REAL) project. The REAL project was implemented by UN Environment and the Life Cycle Initiative with financial support from the European Commission. In line with the overall goal of REAL – to integrate resource efficiency in global value through LCA – this project aimed to support the development of LCA databases in Brazil, Ecuador, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Uganda, enhancing...

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Tuesday, October 1 2019

Thursday, February 14 2019

  • 4:11pm

    Dear Zerrin,
    Thank you for your question. My name is Carl and I work for ecoinvent. As a minor clarification, please note that the elementary flow list in that case also refers to SimaPro's internal flow list (which is not identical to the elementary flow list ecoinvent is using). To better understand your question about whether it is logical to use SimaPro as data storage interface (i.e., for data access?), have you already considered how you want to make datasets available to users? Through access to a repository (e.g., for downloads) or by individual request? Perhaps you could elaborate on how you envision the interface to work and the service level you want to offer users (either here in this thread or to me directly on 

    Best wishes,