Listed below are some of the organizations and resources which are contributing to the LCA Digital Commons project.


American Center for Life Cycle Assessment is a non-profit membership organization formed in 2001 to increase awareness of and to promote the adoption of Environmental LCA among industry, government, and NGOs.

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is working with the entire dairy industry to foster innovation and give consumers more of what they want, when and where they want it. Through this industrywide partnership, we can more effectively deliver nutritious dairy foods, beverages and ingredients for the health of people, communities and the earth.

New Earth is a non-profit organization initiating, facilitating and implementing innovative strategies and tools to help achieve sustainable development on a global level. We work with companies, big and small, governments, from the United Nations to local municipalities, and we are in daily contact with major research and policy hubs around the world.

The OpenLCA Project creates modular software for life cycle analysis and sustainability assessments. The software is available as open source and is free.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory -- created and maintains the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database to help life cycle assessment (LCA) practitioners answer questions about environmental impact.

The Sustainability Consortium drives scientific research and the development of standards and IT tools, through a collaborative process, to enhance the ability to understand and address the environmental, social, and economic implications of products.

US EPA Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) promotes the use of LCA to make more informed decisions through a better understanding of the human health and environmental impacts of products, processes, and activities

University of Washington DFE Lab - The UWME Design for Environment Lab promotes Sustainability and Design for Environment at the University of Washington by engaging researchers and educators in the Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments and throughout the UW in efforts to improve technology development, design, and infrastructure through the advancement of Life Cycle Assessment and Industrial Ecology.

Data Resources

Earthster - This website is the home of a new system that is web-based, free, and open source (non-proprietary). It begins by inviting participation purely on the basis of providing zero-cost access to markets; this is something that any business can respond positively to. Next, buyers and consumers at one end of the system have the ability to send signals to producers about the desired environmental and social attributes or characteristics of products and their life cycles. Third, producers have the ability to download and use free software to rapidly benchmark themselves versus industry averages, and optionally to click-to-report environmental and social attributes of their processes and products to the marketplace. Fourth, LCA data providers, and developers of methodologies, scorecards, labeling systems, etc., all have the ability to process the publicly-provided information using their own systems, providing decision makers with customized reports with only the data of interest to the decision-maker.

The Ecoinvent Centre – The Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories central database of LCI data and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) methods data.

GaBi Databases are the largest internally consistent LCA databases on the market today and contain over 4,500 ready-to-use Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) profiles, which are updated annually. Generated by PE INTERNATIONAL, GaBi LCI datasets comply with the ISO 14044, ISO 14064 and ISO 14025 standards as well as ILCD Guidelines. PE INTERNATIONAL has remained engaged with methodologies developing at the forefront of LCA thinking in both industry and academics for over two decades. GaBi datasets thus provide consistent, representative data and achieve transparency without compromising sensitive industry data by maintaining ILCD documentation, the most thorough standard for LCI documentation.

ELCD Core Database - comprises LCI data from EU-level business associations and other sources for key materials, energy carriers, transport, and waste management.

US Life-Cycle Inventory Database – by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The LCI Database is publicly available and contains data modules for commonly used materials and processes, such as primary fuel production and combustion, electricity generation and transformation processes.

Created and maintained by USDA-ARS-National Agricultural Library