Data on the Production of Chemicals
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Data stock: Chemicals for PEF



This is an important message regarding the use of the ecoinvent "Data on the Production of Chemicals" for PEF. Due to miscommunication within the European Commission, the version of the ecoinvent PEF data that you might have downloaded before 19 June, 2019 should not be used for any work in the PEF/OEF pilots. To develop EF compliant studies in line with the PEFCRS/OEFSRS developed during the pilot phase, please make sure to use the version (03.00.008), available now. The difference between the two versions lies in the scores for the water use impact indicator.

The European Commission would like to extend its sincere apology for the inconvenience. The European Commission and ecoinvent remain at your disposal for any questions you might have.

What does the ecoinvent LCDN node provide?

ecoinvent is happy to be part of the European Commission PEF pilot project, learn more on the Environmental Footprint Pilots. In this context ecoinvent provides through the ecoinvent LCDN node over 500 datasets on the production of chemicals. This covers partially disaggregated processes, Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) aggregated processes and Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) results.

Want to know more about the structure and methodology? 

You can consult the list of datasets available and learn more about the structure and the methodology downloading the sectorial report from the dedicated page on the ecoinvent website. Moreover, each dataset includes metadata that provide users with all the information needed to understand and use the provided datasets.

Known issue: within the Environmental Footprint dataset, the results for water use might be overestimated and shall therefore be interpreted with caution. This problem has nothing to do with the impact assessment method or the implementability of EF methods, but occurred during the technical development of some datasets (outside the hands of the data provider). All results remain valid and usable. The Environmental Footprint datasets will be updated in 2019 (which will automatically adjust the regionalized water flows).

Who can use it and how?

The use of the datasets is restricted to the implementation of regular Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) studies and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) studies exclusively under the specified 24 Product groups and 2 sectors as defined in the 24 Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) and 2 Organisation Environmental Footprint Sectorial Rules (OEFSR). The free access to the data is valid till the 31st of December 2020. The use is granted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement, which you can access on the dedicated page on the ecoinvent website.

Once you know you are one of the approved personnel to access the data fill in the registration form, clink on the Register at the bottom of this page. As you register you will be automatically subscribed to the ecoinvent LCDN node mailing list. This list will be used to inform you of any update made to the ecoinvent PEF data. Please do keep up-to-date with the mailing list as outdated datasets shall not be used beyond 3 months after their replacement on the node.

More about ecoinvent the ecoinvent database

ecoinvent is a not-for-profit association funded by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and Lausanne (EPF Lausanne), the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), and Agroscope, Institute for Sustainability Sciences.

In the past decade, ecoinvent has established itself as a global leader in creating the most transparent life cycle inventory databases. The ecoinvent database helps companies manufacture products more in harmony with the environment, policy makers implement new policies, and consumers adopt more environmentally friendly behaviour.


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