Improving the Representation of Solid Waste Management in the Ecoinvent Database
June 5 – 10, 2022
The ecoinvent database contains LCI data for thousands of products, covering a wide range of industries, and is relied upon by tens of thousands of people worldwide to support decision making. Solid waste management (SWM) is an important aspect of all product systems; almost all human activities produce waste in some form. The ecoinvent database contains more than 1,600 datasets representing different treatments in different geographies for more than 270 wastes. Despite this, several weaknesses in how SWM is represented in the database have been identified, namely a) aggregated treatments merging multiple inventories together; b) a lack of convention for naming and characterisation of wastes; c) its relatively limited geographic and technological coverage. To help users make more informed choices, it is essential that these shortcomings are surmounted, and that appropriate methodological solutions are implemented.
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Avraam Symeonidis and Emilia Moreno Ruiz, "Improving the Representation of Solid Waste Management in the Ecoinvent Database" in "WasteLCA_3: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment For Waste Management And Resource Optimization", Umberto Arena, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy; Thomas Astrup, University of Denmark, Denmark Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2022). https://dc.engconfintl.org/lca_waste_3/60