ecoinvent remains committed to providing transparent, consistent and reliable and relevant LCI data for many years to come. As a not-for-profit association, all income is reinvested into the maintenance, development and updating of the database. At the moment, ecoinvent uses a commercial approach to finance its operations through sales of data licenses. If alternative, sustainable sponsorship methods become available, ecoinvent will work towards making the database available free of charge.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
The importance of Environmental Product Declarations has grown significantly over the past years, including through the launch of the PEF/OEF initiative of the EU. ecoinvent is working actively towards ensuring its database being PEF-compliant in coordination with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. ecoinvent is also actively observing the Standards and EPD scene for relevant developments and work towards compatibility, e.g. EN15804 where version 3.1 is already compatible.