The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 171–178

Life cycle inventory data

Development of a common format


  • Axel Singhofen
    • Formerly SPOLD, now with Greenpeace International
  • Christine R. Hemming
    • Chrisalis Environmental Consulting
    • IPU-UMIPTechnical University of Denmark
    • Ecobilan
  • Rolf Bretz
    • Ciba-Geigy Ltd., R&D
  • Bea De Smet
    • Procter & Gamble, E.T.C.
  • David Russell
    • Dow Europe S.A.
LCA databases

DOI: 10.1007/BF02978948

Cite this article as:
Singhofen, A., Hemming, C.R., Weidema, B.P. et al. Int. J. LCA (1996) 1: 171. doi:10.1007/BF02978948


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.


Life cycle inventory analysislife cycle inventory databasesdata formatdatabase networkconsensusbuilding

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