, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 171-178

Life cycle inventory data

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Abstract

This article describes the work carried out by the Promoting Sound Practices (PSP) working group of SPOLD (Society for the Promotion of Lifecycle Development) on the development of a common format for reporting life cycle inventory data in a comparable and transparent way, and hence towards the eventual goal of a decentralised network of life cycle inventory databases. Establishing such a database network depends on the achievement of consensus amongst potential users, data owners and data generators. Accordingly, building consensus has been, and will continue to be given, a high priority in this work. As well as a summary of the consensus building activities, this article provides an outline of the developing format and an indication of the next steps planned, some of which are already underway.