GaBi databases 2021.2 have been released by the Sphera team and have been adapted to openLCA. They are now available for users that pay GaBi maintenance through Nexus. There are several GaBi databases available for openLCA (as zolca files), as listed hereunder:

  • Professional database 2021.2
  • Lean database 2021.2
  • Indian database 2021.2
  • Extension database XXII_ carbon composites 2021.2
  • Extension database XXI_ India 2021.2
  • Extension database XX_ food & feed 2021.2
  • Extension database XVIII_ NREL USLCI integrated 2021.2
  • Extension database XVII_ full US 2021.2
  • Extension database XVI_ seat covers 2021.2
  • Extension database XV_ textile finishing 2021.2
  • Extension database XIX_ bioplastics 2021.2
  • Extension database XIV_ construction materials 2021.2
  • Extension database XII_ renewable materials 2021.2
  • Extension database XI_ electronics 2021.2
  • Extension database X_ machining processes 2021.2
  • Extension database VIII_ coating 2021.2
  • Extension database VII_ plastics 2021.2
  • Extension database VI_ precious metals 2021.2
  • Extension database V_ nonferrous metals 2021.2
  • Extension Database IXb_ end of life parameterised models 2021.2
  • Extension database IXa_ end of life 2021.2
  • Extension database IV_ aluminium 2021.2
  • Extension database III_ iron and steel 2021.2
  • Extension database II_ energy 2021.2
  • Extension database Ib_ inorganic intermediates 2021.2
  • Extension database Ia_ organic intermediates 2021.2
  • Extension database XIII_ ecoinvent integrated v3.7.1 2021.2

The GaBi methods should be applied for the calculations as the elementary flows of GaBi databases differ from other openLCA databases. The updated version of the GaBi impact assessment methods is also available for openLCA.

 

 

Implementation of the GaBi databases in openLCA

 

The structure of GaBi datasets is highly influenced by the structure of GaBi software; therefore, some modifications in the parameters’ formula were performed by GreenDelta’s team in order to adapt the databases to openLCA (e.g., GaBi software function “F_Q_Convert” does not work in openLCA). The documentation of the implementation of GaBi databases in openLCA highlights all the modifications performed and other relevant information to the users. In GaBi databases, the user is responsible for selecting the providers, connecting the supply chain. In addition, some reference flows should be adjusted by the users in order to allow calculations in openLCA (reference flow as product flows on the output side or waste flows on the input side).

Check our documentation describing the implementation of the GaBi database in openLCA:

https://www.openlca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/GaBi_2021_2_documentation.pdf

https://www.openlca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Appendix_GaBi_2021_2.xlsx