DATASMART LCI Package is a dataset for North American SimaPro customers provided by Long Trail Sustainability (LTS). This dataset was originally developed to create a North American focused dataset, based on a combination of US LCI v.1.60 and Ecoinvent v.2.2 data, modified specifically to be representative of U.S. operations. In an effort to continually provide more data, DATASMART has expanded to a larger dataset, covering more regions and industries, containing data developed by LTS and data submitted to LTS by companies and researchers.
Learn more in this 2020 recorded webinar.
Overview: What’s in the DATASMART LCI Package?
DATASMART consists of a wide range of materials and processes inclusive of U.S. natural gas from hydraulic fracturing, U.S. natural gas mix, geothermal electricity generation, textile production processes, waste treatment processes for white goods and electronics, Chinese based pulp and paper data, updated energy modelling and much more.
Currently for U.S. life cycle inventory (LCI) data, many life cycle assessment (LCA) practitioners utilize ecoinvent, which is primarily European data, or US LCI, which has limited data. Wherever possible, DATASMART replaces links in the ecoinvent v.2.2 unit processes with U.S.-specific data, including electricity, natural gas, soybeans, etc. The dummy processes in the US LCI data are replaced with a close proxy. The end result is a database that better represents U.S. operations. DATASMART can fill the requirements of Product Category Rules (PCRs) that require US LCI data with the dummy processes replaced with appropriate data.
Over 700 original datasets are included in DATASMART, covering such industries as textiles, packaging, bio-materials and dairy; all 50 U.S. state, 13 Canadian provinces and territories and 10 U.S. eGRID electricity mixes have also been added. It also includes critically reviewed branded data.
The DATASMART LCI Package is developed and maintained by LTS with one to two updates a year. It is currently only sold as a package and available in SimaPro for SimaPro 9 license holders.
Citing the DATASMART LCI Package:
LTS. 2021. DATASMART LCI Package. https://longtrailsustainability.com/services/software/datasmart-life-cycle-inventory/ Accessed on .