2013 - present
ecoinvent version 3.5
The fifth update of ecoinvent version 3 was released on the 23rd of August, 2018. It features more than two thousand new and updated datasets related to waste treatment, hard coal and aluminium supply, pulp and containerboard production and for the first time also on aquaculture and fish capture. Moreover, with the continued commitment to version 3 improvements the representation of supply chains was revised. Over thousand links between demanding and supplying activities were updated and hundreds of new, regional market datasets for various products were introduced.
ecoinvent version 3.4
Version 3.4 was released on the 4th October 2017. The fourth update of ecoinvent version 3 includes over a thousand new and update datasets. The new data covers: updates of the electricity markets for both attributional and consequential system models, partitioning of the electricity sector by state and grid for the country of India, new and updated data for the European supply chains for natural gas, new and updated data for chemical products, and lastly activities for the recycling of PE and PET. With the release of version 3.4, ecoinvent is committed to maintain version 3 improvement in terms of information and documentation. As per the previous version, users can find the PDF documentation for all datasets available on ecoQuery; additionally, all products have prices as well as six compulsory properties.
ecoinvent version 3.3
Version 3.3 was released on the 15th August 2016. The third update of ecoinvent version 3 included the release of hundreds of new data in the field of agriculture. The new data included new products for a number of geographies as well as new technologies. Additionally, version 3.3 includes prices for all products (with exception to waste), and improved supply chains. For this new release ecoinvent focused also onto the enhancement of end-users experience; the new PDF documentation makes the consultation of a dataset's documentation much easier.
ecoinvent version 3.2
Version 3.2 was released on 30 November 2015. The second update of ecoinvent version 3 broadens and deepens the scope of the already existing data. This release provided a further update of the electricity sector, data on refrigerated transport and new international data for several sectors. It also introduced market groups for regions, countries and products.
ecoinvent version 3.1
The first update of ecoinvent version 3 was released in July 2014. It includes new and updated data as well as the cut-off system model, providing users of version 3 now with three system models to choose from.
Foundation of the ecoinvent Association
Since 18 June 2013, ecoinvent is an independent association consisting of the five institutes as active members. With this step ecoinvent has become a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to ensure the further development of a consistent, transparent and trustworthy database for the LCA community as well as for creators of eco-design tools, decision-makers, industry and scientific research.
Furthermore, this change in its organisational structure allows ecoinvent to be more flexible in its decision making thus ensuring that requests can be dealt with more speedily. In addition, the association provides a stable foundation for the five institutions to continue their work in guaranteeing the availability of transparent, high quality data.
ecoinvent version 3.0
The cooperation of the ecoinvent institutes continued for the development of version 3, under the leadership of Gérard Gaillard from Agroscope. Bo Weidema led the scientific management, while the business management from 2012 was passed on to Gregor Wernet. The ecoinvent team in the meantime had grown from one full-time person to five. The cooperation with ifu Hamburg GmbH for software development and support was continued.
The development of version 3 of the ecoinvent database was only made possible by funds obtained from sales of licences and substantial in-kind contributions of the LCA institutes in the ETH Domain.