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LCA database provider ecoinvent provides exclusive insights

April 20, 2016  

The ecoinvent Centre in Switzerland and thinkstep AG based in Stuttgart, Germany offer background databases for Life Cycle Assessment. The GaBi databases and the ecoinvent database are the market leaders in this field. I am grateful for the willingness to participate in the following short interview on LCA databases shown by Dr. Gregor Wernet, Executive Manager, at the ecoinvent Centre. We r...

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academia

ACHEMA

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China

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club of rome

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consistency

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container ship

copenhagen

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Country Attractiveness

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cradle to cradle

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CSR report

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Davos

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developing countries

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Earth summit

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environmental performance indicator

environmental policy

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Environmental Sustainability Index

environmental technology verification

Environmentally Extend Input Output modelling

Environmentally Harmful Subsidy

Environmentally Weighed Material Consumption

EPD

EU

Europe

European Comission

european commission

European Green Cars Initiative

European Sustainable Development Strategy

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EVALEAU

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fashion

FIFA

fish

fishery

flow sheet simulation

food footprint

food industry

food loss

food production

food sector

food waste

footprinting

forest ecosystems

forestry

fouling

FPC

free trade

freighter travel

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gate-to-gate

gate-to-gate approach

geopolymer cement

Germany

Ghana

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GHG reduction goals

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heat integration

Herman Daly

HFC

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IEA

IFEU

ifu hamburg

ILCD Handbook

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impact category

incentive

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incineration

India

industrial ecology

industrial location choice

industrial production

industrial sector

information design

innovation

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input-output databases

input-output economics

InReff

insulation

Integrated Reporting

integrated resource efficiency

integrative approach

intellectual property

internalization of externalities

international standards

interplant collaboration

IPCC

ISO

ISO 14000

ISO 14001

ISO 14008

ISO 14015

ISO 14025

ISO 14031

ISO 14040

ISO 14046

ISO 14051

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ISO 14067

ISO 50001

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Kyoto protocol

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LEED

life cycle

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life cycle thinking

life style

lifecycle

limits to growth

LinkedIn

living planet report

Long-Term Pay

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masdar city

master program

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material flow networks

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material losses

meat

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media

metal industry

methodology

Mexico

MFA

MFCA

milk

modeling

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Montreal Protocol

municipal solid waste

Natural Cost Accounting

nature conservation

Nepal

NIMBY

nitrate pollution

nuclear phase out

nutrients balance

nutrients cycle

OECD

OECD Environment Policy Committee

Ökobilanz

Ökobilanzdaten

Ökobilanzdatenbanken

oligolopoly

Online Resource Efficiency Platform OREP

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organic agriculture

outsourcing

ozone layer recovery

packaging

PAS

passive house

patents

PET

philippines

phosphorus

photovoltaics

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plastic industry

policy

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post growth economy

post oil age

PR

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PUMA

PVC

qatar

quality

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Resource Efficiency Framework

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Rolf Dobelli

sankey diagram

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scope 3

seafood

season's greetings

seattle

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smart grid

smart meter

SMB

social cost accounting

social LCA

social media

social metabolism

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software

solar energy

solar heat

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South Africa

South America

South Korea

soy milk

stakeholder management

standards

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steel

stranded assets

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Sustainable Process Index

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system analysis

tajikistan

Tesco

textile industry

textile refinement

Tobias Viere

total material consumption

trade

transparency

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trends

triple bottom line principles

Turkey

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umberto for carbon footprint

umberto user workshop

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VDMA

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water abstraction rate

Water Consumption by Sector

water extraction

water filter

water footprint

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water stress

web 2.0

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wine

with both eyes open

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world cup

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world vegan day

YET

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