DATASMART LCI Package is a dataset representative of the North American region provided by EARTHSHIFT containing expanded USLCI data and modified Ecoinvent v.2.2 data sets, as well as over new 700 processes covering such industries as textiles, packaging, bio-materials and dairy and all 50 U.S. state electricity mixes. The end result is a database that better represents U.S. operations.
DATASMART consists of a wide range of materials and processes inclusive of new US natural gas from hydraulic fracturing, updated (2010 actuals) US 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. LCI data, many LCA practitioners utilize Ecoinvent, which is primarily European data, or USLCI, which has limited data and is in large part incomplete. Wherever possible the DATASMART replaces links in the Ecoinvent v.2.2 unit processes with US-specific data, including electricity, natural gas, soybeans, etc. The Dummy processes in the USLCI 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 PCRs that require USLCI data with the dummy processes replaced with appropriate data.
Additionally, over 700 custom datasets are included in DATASMART, covering such industries as textiles, packaging, bio-materials and dairy and including all 50 state electricity mixes have been added. It includes also critically reviewed branded data.
The 2016 update included an update ES Method (impact assessment method), new waste scenarios based on the latest U.S. EPA report, new 2015 electricity mixes (at the production, high, medium and low voltage levels) and updated library descriptions.
The 2015 update included 47 new processes and 9 updated processes. Now for the first time there is US specific landfill processes to cater for the much needed US landfill disposal data. Also included in the update were new metals and other materials data.
The DATASMART LCI Package is developed and maintained by EARTHSHIFT with one to two updates a year. It is currently only sold as a package and available in SimaPro for SimaPro 8 license holders and in openLCA by our partners GreenDelta.
Citing the DATASMART LCI Package:
EARTHSHIFT. 2016. DATASMART LCI Package (US-EI SimaPro® Library). http://earthshiftsustainability.com/services/software/datasmart-life-cycle-inventory/ Accessed on <Date>.