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Why ecoinvent

The ecoinvent database provides well documented process data for thousands of products, helping you make truly informed choices about their environmental impact.

Filling the Gaps

ecoinvent lays the foundation for your Life Cycle Assessment. You may, for instance, have most of the information needed in order to conduct an LCA on yoghurt but are missing some vital data. We are here to fill the gaps! With over 13,300 LCI datasets in many areas such as energy supply, agriculture, transport, biofuels and biomaterials, bulk and specialty chemicals, construction materials, wood, and waste treatment, ecoinvent version 3 is the most comprehensive, transparent, international LCI database.


Find out what typical ecoinvent datasets look like here.

Relevant, Transparent, Consistent



We are committed to providing you with relevant and current data. The ecoinvent version 3 database is updated on a regular basis. Last year's release, ecoinvent version 3.3, delivered several hundreds of new agricultural datasets from the World Food LCA Database (WFLDB) and added features providing more ease of use when working with ecoinvent.



ecoinvent provides data on both unit process (UPR) and system process (LCI) level as well as giving access to mathematical relations and parameters used to calculate the amounts of the exchanges in the datasets. To follow and comprehend how the data is implemented detailed documentation is available for each and every dataset.


Consistent & Reliable


All new datasets are subject to a thorough review procedure to ensure data quality throughout the whole database. Moreover, the consistent linking between processes is already automatically ensured when a new dataset is edited and improvements in one dataset immediately translate into an improvement in all other connected datasets.

Staying up to Date

Yearly Releases


The ecoinvent version 3 database is updated on a yearly basis. The yearly releases include new and updated data as well as general improvements to the database. This years release, ecoinvent 3.4, includes more than a thousand new and updated datasets in the field of plastic recycling, chemicals, natural gas supply chains and electricity markets.

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.

Thousands of LCI Datasets


With over 13,300 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 the most comprehensive, transparent, international LCI database.


List of all datasets present in ecoinvent 3.4

Working with ecoinvent

As a globally acclaimed and recognised LCI 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

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 compliant studies)
  • Continuous LCA operations