The ecoinvent Database

ecoinvent is the world's leading database of consistent and transparent, up-to-date Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data. The latest version, ecoinvent 3.1, builds on all previous versions of the database.

The ecoinvent Database
Working with ecoinvent
Why ecoinvent

The ecoinvent Database

In the past decade, ecoinvent has established itself as a global leader in creating life cycle inventory database.


The ecoinvent database helps companies manufacture products more in harmony with the environment, policy makers implement new policies, and consumers adopt more environmentally friendly behaviour.

The current version of the ecoinvent database is ecoinvent version 3, which builds on the previous versions of the database. Purchasing an ecoinvent licence will grant you access to ecoinvent version 3 as well as all previous versions (version 1 and version 2) of the database.


Introduction to ecoinvent version 3

Working with ecoinvent

The ecoinvent database allows you to conduct studies on different levels of detail:


  • Screenings; for basic, initial answers
  • Short studies (e.g. internal decision making)
  • Extensive studies (e.g. ISO-14040 complaint studies)
  • Continuous LCA operations

As a globally acclaimed and recognised Life Cycle Inventory database, ecoinvent finds its use in a broad range of environmental studies:


  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Life Cycle Management
  • Carbon footprint assessment
  • Water footprint assessment
  • Environmental performance monitoring
  • Product design and ecoDesign 
  • Environmental Product Declarations

Why ecoinvent

Thousands of LCI datasets


With over 10,000 LCI datasets in the areas of energy supply, agriculture, transport, biofuels and biomaterials, bulk and specialty chemicals, construction materials, packaging materials, basic and precious metals, metals processing, ICT and electronics, dairy, wood, and waste treatment, ecoinvent version 3 is one of the most comprehensive international LCI databases.


Activity Overview of all datasets present in ecoinvent 3

High-quality datasets


Our high-quality LCI datasets are based on industrial data and have been compiled by internationally renowned research institutes and LCA consultants.


The ecoinvent database is integrated and sold with all major LCA softwares and used as background database by several EcoDesign tools.




New version 3.1


Version 3.1 of the ecoinvent database offers many new and updated datasets. For users of the older version 2.2, version 3 also brings some changes to the underlying methodology so we suggest you read the introduction to ecoinvent 3 to familiarise yourself with the new ideas and concepts that you may encounter in the data during your work with the new version.