Title: The renewed LCA Resource Directory: a set of self-managed tools for an improved share of Life Cycle Thinking knowledge
Citation: proceedings of the 24th European SETAC annual meeting p. 366
Publisher: SETAC
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC86487
ISSN: 2309-8031
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC86487
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: To support EU environmental policies based on Life Cycle approach, the European Commission launched the “European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment (EPLCA).” The platform aims at providing coherent and quality-assured life cycle data, methods, and studies as well as information about developers and suppliers of LCA dedicated software and databases (DB), and service providers. The LCA Resources Directory (RD), has been recently improved, in order to allow the users to register and self-manage their own information, while in the previous version, as regards the contributor’s (i.e. developers, suppliers and service providers) section, the entries were managed from the JRC staff only. Significant changes have been also made in terms of content, the new RD includes some templates allowing to upload new types of studies (i.e. Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint, Ecodesign, EPD and related Category Rules/Criteria). Furthermore the old LCA template has been reviewed according to the new structure, and some new fields have been added. New fields have been also added in the tools and DB section, such as the level of compliance or the interoperability with the existing methods/formats (e.g. ILCD entry level, ILCD full compliance, PEF/OEF). After registering, the user is able to insert a set of metadata for the uploaded information, using the templates provided. The models for studies are composed of 54 to 62 fields, depending on the chosen method, while the template for the Category Rules/Criteria accounts 21 fields to be filled. The templates for tool and DB developers contains 21 and 14 fields, respectively. Once the tools and DBs are approved and published in the Resource Directory, the developers are also enabled to validate their suppliers, meaning than when a new user declare to supply the specific tool/DB, the developer is asked to approve it, before the final publication on the public RD. The searching tools have been improved as well, compared to the previous version that merely allowed the full text search. In the new version the users can run an advanced search both within the study and the contributors’ section, through the meta-data fields provided during the information upload.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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