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Links to a variety of LCA software tools.

The Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME)
APME publishes annual data on the consumption and recovery of plastics used in the main application sector of packaging, building and construction, automotive and electric and electronic.
U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners created the U.S. Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database to help life-cycle assessment (LCA) experts answer their questions about environmental impact. This database provides a cradle-to-grave accounting of the energy and material flows into and out of the environment that are associated with producing a material, component, or assembly. It's an online storeroom of data collected on commonly used materials, products, and processes.
SimaPro Life Cycle Assessment Software
The new SimaPro 7 provides you with a professional tool to collect, analyze and monitor the environmental performance of products and services. You can easily model and analyze complex life cycles in a systematic and transparent way, following the ISO 14040 series recommendations.
Building for Environmental & Economic Sustainability (BEES)
BEES is a Windows TM -based software program aimed at designers, builders, and product manufacturers. It provides a way to balance the environmental and economic performance of building products. BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using an environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in the latest versions of ISO 14000 draft standards.
Athena Institute
The Athena Institute is dedicated to sustainability of the built environment, a goal that can only be achieved by meeting the building community’s need for better information and tools. From its Canadian offices, and through its US affiliate, Athena Institute International, the not-for-profit Athena organization undertakes and directs various research and development activities that make it possible to factor environmental considerations into the design process from the conceptual stage onward. Try their Impact Estimator for Buildings and EcoCalculator for Assemblies.
Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC)
Computer program that provides an economic analysis of proposed capital investments expected to reduce long-term operating costs of buildings or building systems. BLCC complies with American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) standards related to building economics and NIST Handbook 135, Life-Cycle Costing Manual for the Federal Energy Management Program.
The Boustead Model 5.0
The Boustead Model is an extensive database, in which data such as fuels and energy use, raw materials requirements, solid, liquid and gaseous emissions are stored. It also includes software which enables the user to manipulate data in the database and to select a suitable data presentation method from a host of options.
Centre of Environmental Science (CML) - Leiden University. Chain Management by Life Cycle Assessment (CMLCA) is a software tool that is intended to support the technical steps of the LCA procedure.
Eco-Indicator 99
Eco-Indicator 99 is a "damage oriented" impact assessment method with clearly detailed steps such as fate, exposure, effect and damage analysis. A report containing a complete description of the methodology, as well an overview of all damage (characterization) factors can be downloaded from the web site link.
The ecoinvent Centre
The Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories central database of LCI data and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) methods data.
ECO-it 1.3
ECO-it comes with over 200 eco-indicator 99 scores for commonly used materials such as metals, plastics, paper, board and glass, as well as production, transport, energy and waste treatment processes. It calculates the environmental load of a product and shows which parts of the product contribute most.
EcoScan 3.0
Ecoscan 3.0 analyzes the environmental impact and cost of products. The software tool can be used by managers and engineers who implement EcoDesign in real life product development.
Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIOLCA)
This web site allows you to estimate the overall environmental impacts from producing a certain dollar amount of any of 500 commodities or services in the United States. It will provide rough guidance on the relative impacts of different types of products, materials, services, or industries with respect to resource use and emissions throughout the U.S.
EPS 2000 Design System
EPS (Environmental Priority Strategies) is a life cycle impact assessment software for sustainable product development.
GaBi 4 Software System and Databases
by PE Europe GmbH and IKP University of Stuttgart. Different versions are available from educational to professional use of Life Cycle Analysis to evaluate life cycle environmental, cost and social profiles of products, processes and technologies. It contains comprehensive GaBi databases with worldwide coverage as well as Ecoinvent data. A demo version is available for download.
GEMIS (Global Emission Model for Integrated Systems)
GEMIS is a life cycle analysis program and database for energy, material, and transport systems. The GEMIS database offers information on fossil fuels, renewables, processes for electricity and heat, raw materials, and transports. The GEMIS database can be downloaded for free from the web site link.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Transportation Technologies fuel-cycle model called GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation). It allows researchers to evaluate various engine and fuel combinations on a consistent fuel-cycle basis.
IDEMAT is a tool for material selections in the design process. It provides a database with technical information about materials, processes and components and allows the user to compare information. A demo version can be downloaded from the web site link.
IVAM LCA Data 4.0
The IVAM Environmental Research database is a database to be used for environmental life cycle assessment (LCA). It consists of about 1000 processes, leading to more than 300 materials. The data can be used for LCA applications in various sectors.
Since 1992, LCAit has been used for the environmental assessment of products and processes. It includes an impact assessment database, including characterization factors and weighting factors. A demo version can be downloaded from the web site link.
The LCAPIX software combines LCA and Activity Based Costing (ABC) to help businesses assure environmental compliance while assuring sustained profitability. It allows for a quantitative measurement which can indicate the potential burden of any product. A demo version can be downloaded from the web site link provided above.
MIET 3.0 - Missing Inventory Estimation Tool
MIET is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that enables LCA practitioners to estimate Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) of missing flows that were truncated. MIET is based on the most up-to-date U.S. input-output table and environmental data. MIET covers about 1,200 different environmental interventions including air, water, industrial and agricultural soil emissions and resource use by various industrial sectors. MIET can be downloaded for free from the web site link provided above after filling out a short questionnaire.
Software tool for corporate ecobalances and the improvement of corporate environmental performance according to ISO14031. A demo version can be downloaded from the web site link provided above.
Competence Centre for Environmental Assessment of Product and Material Systems at Chalmers University of Technology. This database contains detailed information on all types of freight transports, energyware production, production of selected materials and waste management alternatives.
SPOLD Data Exchange Software
by The Society for Promotion of Life-cycle Assessment. This software is used to create, edit, import and export data in the SPOLD '99 format.
TEAM™ is a professional tool for evaluating the life cycle environmental and cost profiles of products and technologies. It contains comprehensive database of over 600 modules with worldwide coverage.
Umberto - Life Cycle Assessment Software
Umberto serves to visualize material and energy flow systems. Data are taken from external information systems or are newly modeled and calculated.
WISARD (Waste - Integrated Systems Assessment for Recovery and Disposal) is a LCA software tool to help inform decision making and evaluate policy options concerning the disposal of household waste.
A free open source software, for modelling and assessing Life Cycle Assessment, with various import and export options. A basic framework for life cycle assessment (LCA) calculation and two plugins will be implemented, a format converter and an uncertainty module. The format converter serves to convert relevant LCA data formats from one to the other, in a loss-less manner. The uncertainty module will help to specify, calculate, visualise and interprete uncertainty in LCA product systems

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