Int J Life Cycle Assess (2018) 23:1261–1273 DOI 10.1007/s11367-017-1354-3 LCI METHODOLOGY AND DATABASES 1 2 3 Ashley Edelen & Wesley W. Ingwersen & Cristina Rodríguez & 4,5 5 6 Rodrigo A. F. Alvarenga & Artur Ribeiro de Almeida & Gregor Wernet Received: 28 November 2016 /Accepted: 12 June 2017 /Published online: 31 July 2017 US Government (outside the USA) 2017 Abstract defined to evaluate flows against principles of clarity, consis- Purpose Elementary flows are essential components of data tency, extensibility, translatability, and uniqueness. used for life cycle assessment. A standard list is not used Results and discussion Over 134,000 elementary flows from across all sources, as data providers now manage these flows six LCI databases, three LCIA methods, and three LCA soft- independently. Elementary flows must be consistent across a ware tools were collected and evaluated from European, North life cycle inventory for accurate inventory analysis and must American, and Asian Pacific LCA sources. The vast majority correspond with impact methods for impact assessment. With were typed as BElement or Compound^ or BGroup of the goal of achieving a global network of LCA databases, a Chemicals^ with less than 10% coming from the other seven critical review of elementary
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