Each LCA requires information to feed the model. We often call the data collection for an LCA the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) stage. start2see has extensive experience collecting LCI data for a range of clients. We typically devise a data collection strategy based on the needs and budget of our clients:
1) The simplest procedure is where we develop a fit-for-purpose data collection form that our client populates. This is a quick and hasle-free approach.
2) In a more complex situation we visit the client on-site where we manage the data collection. Although this might seem an expensive method, we find that it often speeds up the time needed to gather all the information (and thus reduces the timeframe needed for the project)), and there are less risks of data gaps in the inventory (leading to better quality outcomes). When all cost factors are taken into account, there is often a cost benefit to the client.
AusLCI stands for the Australian Life Cycle Inventory Database Initiative. It aims to provide a comprehensive database of life cycle inventory information for use in LCA studies or in other environmental areas. The AusLCI platform ensures that included data are of high quality and representative for the Australian situation. The database creates a level-playing field for all particpants and allows stakeholders to undertake product assessments based on actual data. Without such a public database, too often important decisions are made based on unqualified data.
AusLCI is managed by ALCAS, the Australian LCA Society. Rob Rouwette has been involved in the development of AusLCI since 2007. If you are considering preparing inventory data for inclusion in AusLCI we would love to hear from you. Contact start2see for more information.