Life Cycle Inventory Programme

Life Cycle Inventory Programme was one of the four programmes of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.

Aims of the LCI Programme

What are the requirements for LCI databases and how can data be shared? The Life Cycle Inventory programme refers to the second phase of LCA and aimed at increasing the access to and quality of LCI databases. The specific aims of the programme were:

  • To identify user needs for data, and needed/desired data characteristics
  • To identify user needs for further LCI methodological guidance and consistency
  • To increase the capacity for making, and judging/validating, LCIs globally
  • To provide users of LCI data the broadest possible view of available LCI data options and the consequences of data selection for results quality and validity
  • To develop and put into place mechanisms or processes which stimulate continuous improvement in data availability, quality, and transparency

LCI Deliverables

LCI Task Forces

The following Task Forces (TFs) were established under the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Programme:

  1. LCI Database Registry (LCI TF 1) and LCI Database Characteristics and Quality (LCI TF 2)

    Task Forces were responsible for developing the UNEP/SETAC Database Registry: a comprehensive, web-based listing of available LCI databases for the world LCA community.

    You can visit the Phase II Project that also incorporates these elements.

    The LCI TF 1-2 pursued consistency on four core characteristics of databases:

    1) data quality 2) documentation format 3) data exchange format 4) nomenclature

  2. LCI Methodological Consistency (LCI TF 3)

    The aim of this task force was to initiate and stimulate processes, studies, and forums that facilitate voluntary and practice-oriented movement towards transparency, ultimately contributing to improved consistency and commonality of LCI methodological practice.

  3. LCI Databases and Capacity Building (LCI TF 5) Task Force 5 was a practical one involving many regions (teams from novice and experts) and aiming ati) practical involvement, ii) job training (training the trainers), iii) capacity building, iv) operational “field tests” for TF 2 and 3 and I/0 or hybrid LCI, v) assist in finding funding.

The first three Task Forces were orientated towards experience-sharing and guidance, while the last Task Force was training-orientated supporting the capacity building efforts of the Life Cycle Initiative.

Life Cycle Inventory Programme

Life Cycle Inventory Programme was one of the four programmes of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.

Aims of the LCI Programme

What are the requirements for LCI databases and how can data be shared? The Life Cycle Inventory programme refers to the second phase of LCA and aimed at increasing the access to and quality of LCI databases. The specific aims of the programme were:

  • To identify user needs for data, and needed/desired data characteristics
  • To identify user needs for further LCI methodological guidance and consistency
  • To increase the capacity for making, and judging/validating, LCIs globally
  • To provide users of LCI data the broadest possible view of available LCI data options and the consequences of data selection for results quality and validity
  • To develop and put into place mechanisms or processes which stimulate continuous improvement in data availability, quality, and transparency

LCI Deliverables

LCI Task Forces

The following Task Forces (TFs) were established under the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Programme:

  1. LCI Database Registry (LCI TF 1) and LCI Database Characteristics and Quality (LCI TF 2)

    Task Forces were responsible for developing the UNEP/SETAC Database Registry: a comprehensive, web-based listing of available LCI databases for the world LCA community.

    You can visit the Phase II Project that also incorporates these elements.

    The LCI TF 1-2 pursued consistency on four core characteristics of databases:

    1) data quality 2) documentation format 3) data exchange format 4) nomenclature

  2. LCI Methodological Consistency (LCI TF 3)

    The aim of this task force was to initiate and stimulate processes, studies, and forums that facilitate voluntary and practice-oriented movement towards transparency, ultimately contributing to improved consistency and commonality of LCI methodological practice.

  3. LCI Databases and Capacity Building (LCI TF 5)Task Force 5 was a practical one involving many regions (teams from novice and experts) and aiming ati) practical involvement, ii) job training (training the trainers), iii) capacity building, iv) operational “field tests” for TF 2 and 3 and I/0 or hybrid LCI, v) assist in finding funding.

The first three Task Forces were orientated towards experience-sharing and guidance, while the last Task Force was training-orientated supporting the capacity building efforts of the Life Cycle Initiative.