SRI Project

Since 2014 ecoinvent is the proud partner of the project Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI). SRI is an initiative funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Project Overview
Components of the SRI Project

LCI Project

Project Overview

Since 2014, ecoinvent is the proud partner of the project Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI). SRI is an initiative funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).


SRI is comprised of three components, each coordinated by a competent centre: Life Cycle Inventories by ecoinvent; Capacity Building by Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa); and Global Roundtable by World Resources Forum (WRF).

Components of the SRI Project

Life Cycle Inventories


Coordinator: ecoinvent

SRI develops basic life cycle inventory data for industrial, agricultural and other activities in Brazil, Egypt, India and South Africa. These will form a reliable pool of data for these countries and regions for use in LCA and environmental assessments. To support the component, expertise building and training events will also take place in these countries and the surrounding regions.



Capacity Building


Coordinator: Empa

SRI improves local capacity for sustainable recycling, especially of secondary metals, together with private and public institutions, as well as the informal sector in several developing and transition countries.



Global Roundtable


Coordinator: World Resource Forum

SRI facilitates a stakeholder consultation for the development of sustainability criteria and standards for secondary raw materials.



Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) Project

The creation of reliable, consistent and transparent regionalised LCIs represents a core purpose of the SRI project. ecoinvent, as the leading global supplier of transparent LCI data, is in charge of developing the basis for national LCI data in South America (Brazil), Northern and Southern Africa (Egypt and South Africa), and Southern Asia (India).

The LCI component of the SRI project provides a basis for informed decision-making on the sustainability of products and developments in other components of SRI project. The main goal is to establish regional Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) for the use in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies, environmental product declarations, carbon foot-printing and similar assessment tools. The collected and processed data will represent resource consumption and environmental emissions of technologies used in the focus countries and will be reviewed according to international quality standards (ISO). The LCI project is constructed on three pillars:

Setting up regional LCI networks


National LCI networks are supported in Brazil, in Egypt, India, and South Africa. These networks will coordinate with ecoinvent for regional expertise building, networking LCI experts, and LCI data collection. The efforts will be coordinated by established and relevant organisations. The regional networks are expected to develop into self-sustaining LCI/LCA competence centres in the period beyond the SRI project. This will ensure continued collection and updating of the regional LCI data, and thus increase the long-term value of the results.

Developing local LCI/LCA expertise

LCI/LCA expertise will primarily be developed through transfer of knowhow and knowledge from ecoinvent as well as international and regional experts to local data providers, data users and decision-makers. ecoinvent will provide constant support for regional experts on technical issues. In addition, online courses, guidance documentation and videos will be offered by ecoinvent to further promote developing the LCI/LCA expertise.

Building background LCI data

The creation of reliable, consistent and transparent LCIs is a core purpose of LCI component. Project-specific support for data collection will be provided by ecoinvent in coordination with the regional networks. Prior to their publication, all generated data will be subjected to a critical review by ecoinvent to ensure the quality of the data. The collected LCIs will be available free-of-charge to form the basis of national and regional LCI databases, and will also be available within the ecoinvent database