GreenDelta, and everycs ltd, a data and technology company focused on product intelligence, have joined forces to seamlessly connect the world’s life cycle data, augment it with other information and enable faster, distributed collaboration for product sustainability professionals.
Effective immediately, large parts of GreenDelta’s openLCA data catalogue, the world’s largest inventory of product life cycle data, are available on everycs’ cloud-based data platform. All data has been connected as extendable process flows, netting over 600,000 environmental impacts for over 20,000 industrial products and processes, mostly available as open data under a CC-BY licence.
To complete this task, the companies enabled a data exchange between the openLCA data catalogue, and everycs’ data platform, Makersite. Makersite enriches the LCA data with other information, such as regulatory, chemical, and/or substance data. This allows product teams to model and analyze their products with criteria such as costs, regulations and substance risks, throughout their supply chain.
Moreover, the data can be extended and improved upon by the community through an integrated peer-reviewed publishing workflow, comparable to GIT for software. Publication of data therefore becomes an ongoing and transparent process. GreenDelta will support data governance together with other experts from the LCA community.
Pulling connected modeling data into the design stage is paramount for product development teams. It reduces the total development cycle and extends the use of lifecycle data into other domains and across the supply chain.Neil D’Souza
Today’s fragmented landscape of LCA databases, formats and software makes collaboration between LCA experts and product teams disjointed and complex. Now, with data easily accessible in the cloud, in an intuitive analytical interface, the process is transparent, faster, and more cohesive.
While Makersite is open by default, confidential data can remain so. Calculations are done using open as well as third-party commercial data to ensure dependable results. The ability to compute across private and public data, while protecting intellectual property at a granular level, removes an important barrier to supply chain collaboration on environmental performance of products. Now, buyers and sellers can calulate footprints easily and reliably using the same background models and methods, without having to reveal confidential information. That way data is comparable and reliable, without conflicting interests.
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is the primary, internationally recognized technique to assess environmental impacts of economic activity. It is used to support product-, process- or building design, in education, for labeling of product declarations, in waste management or pollution studies. LCA procedures are part of the ISO 14000 environmental management standards.
To learn more, go to makersite.net/lca-community
everycs [“everix”], is a data and software engineering company, focused on product intelligence. everycs runs makersite.net, a community-led product innovation network for engineers to model costs, risks, impacts, and opportunities. Makersite is currently in Public Beta. Founded by Christoph Wilfert and Neil D’Souza, everycs is headquartered in London, UK.