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U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database

NREL and its partners created the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database to help life cycle assessment (LCA) practitioners answer questions about environmental impact. This database provides individual gate-to-gate, cradle-to-gate and cradle-to-grave accounting of the energy and material flows into and out of the environment that are associated with producing a material, component, or assembly in the U.S.

The goals of the U.S. LCI Database project are:

  • Maintain data quality and transparency
  • Cover commonly used materials, products, and processes in the United States with up-to-date, critically reviewed LCI data
  • Support the expanded use of LCA as an environmental decision-making tool
  • Maintain compatibility with international LCI databases
  • Provide exceptional data accessibility
  • Be fully and sustainably supported
  • Support U.S. industry competitiveness.

Read the plan to achieve the goals of the LCI Database Project in the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database Roadmap.

How to Reference the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database

When referencing the USLCI Database, please use the following format: "U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database." (2012). National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2012. Accessed November 19, 2012: https://www.lcacommons.gov/nrel/search

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