ECCC LCA Database Interoperability

Interoperability of Fuel LCA Database with various Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) Software Tools

About the project

Aim: The project aims to test and optimize interoperability of the fuel lifecycle assessment (LCA) database provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), with commercial LCA software tools available for public usage.

Background: ECCC are developing a fuel LCA database to calculate the carbon intensity (CI) of low-carbon-intensity fuels (LCIF) to support the Clean Fuel Standard Regulation. The LCA database is going to be available to the general public and will be downloaded directly from the ECCC website. Users of the LCA database will have the ability to modify and create new fuels pathway to best represent their fuels produced and used on site.

In practice: ECCC will provide the fuel database with datasets populated with unclassified data collected from publicly available sources. Each pathway within the fuel LCA database is divided into five life cycle stages, namely, Extraction, Transportation, Conversion, Fuel Distribution, Combustion. 


GreenDelta in the project

GreenDelta is responsible for testing the interoperability between different LCA software tools, recommend the most suitable data format(s) for the fuel LCA database, and provide training in database development in openLCA.

Links and resources

Project duration: May – Sept 2020

This project is commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), department of the Government of Canada.

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