"The ecoinvent database plays a central role at the CIRAIG. It is our principal source of LCI data for the LCA studies we carry out. Just as importantly, ecoinvent is often used as a laboratory to investigate LCA methodological advancements. The reason ecoinvent is often the best choice in both our LCA practice and our research is that it supplies disaggregated and linked LCI data. In our experience, the ecoinvent Center have always been quite helpful, responding to inquiries and providing insights to research results.
The introduction of new features of ecoinvent 3, such as regionalisation, alternative system models and parameterization, are directly in line with the methodological development carried out at the CIRAIG, and hence consolidated its important position in our research. Though some effort was required to adapt to the version 3 database in actual LCA studies, the CIRAIG analysts now have a firm grasp of the database structure, and use it in their day-to-day LCA work. We await impatiently for LCA software to be able to fully adapt to the new structure, knowing that when they do so, analysts will be able to harness the full strength of ecoinvent v3. We are confident that, when this happens, the field of LCA will have taken in a huge, positive step."
Researcher, Project Leader - Life Cycle Inventory Database, CIRAIG
The CIRAIG is a Centre of expertise in life cycle issues based at Polytechnique Montréal. Established since 2001, the CIRAIG is internationally recognized for its solid scientific research work and its ten years of applied experience. The CIRAIG supports the industry, governments, organizations and consumers in their path towards a true sustainable development supported by life cycle thinking.