Improve your environmental balance with our LCA software
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a powerful tool to improve your environmental balance. With Umberto NXT LCA software you can build a graphic model of your production system and product life cycle, generate a life cycle inventory analysis, and eventually create a life cycle impact assessment. The result produces a quick overview of your product's environmental impacts. We are happy to advise you on how to use our LCA software to your best advantage.
Highlights of our LCA software
Comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment at its best
The Umberto NXT LCA software supports ISO compliant Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprints. The heart of the LCA Tool is the graphic modeling for a:
- clear overview of the product life cycle
- reliable calculation of your products or companies environmental impacts
For assessing the environmental impacts you can use established evaluation methods like ReCiPe, Impact 2002+, Eco-Indicator 99, and many more. Of course you can also create your own user defined impact assessment methods.
Integration of pre-existing primary data
You‘ve already gathered data for your LCA in Microsoft Excel? Great! – then you‘ve already accomplished the first step.
Our Live Link connection lets you link cell data from Microsoft Excel with your Umberto model. Any data changes within the Excel worksheet, such as production volumes or material use, automatically updates the data within Umberto NXT LCA. We also offer customized options for interfacing with other tools like SAP or other systems.
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Try our Umberto NXT LCA software
Just download your free trial version of our LCA tool. You can test it for 14 days and start with a first analysis of your environmental impacts.
A factor for success: integrated LCA databases
Both the ecoinvent and GaBi LCA databases can be used to provide background data for creating a full-scale Life Cycle Assessment. This choice of databases, already available within the Umberto NXT LCA software, always provides you with just the right data.
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Are you looking for an initial and quick estimate of the environmental impacts? With a "screening LCA" you can minimizes the required effort, complexity, and data collection. It only takes the main materials used in a product into consideration and Global Warming Potential (GWP) values are used for the calculation. The so called “ecological rucksack” of the material already incorporates upstream and downstream chains using global averages. This allows a quick overview and helps to identify hot spots that should be investigated in more detail.
Presenting environmental potentials in a nutshell
You want to visualize the results of your Life Cycle Assessment project convincingly and in a straight forward way? Then you should show the environmental impacts of your product as a Sankey diagram. It easily presents and communicates the relevant findings and interrelationships.
Of course, you can easily export all results to Microsoft Excel or create a print-ready image file. The Umberto NXT LCA software will help all interested parties to be on the same page when it comes to a comprehensive systems understanding.
Application examples for the LCA software
Life Cycle Assessment of Pipe Systems
HOBAS Engineering a leading manufacturer for GRP pipe systems from Austria and the Norwegian supplier for unsaturated polyester resins Reichhold had a joint mission. They asked themselves which alternative for unsaturated polyester resins would be more environmentally friendly, the usage of standard-, recycled PET or bio-sourced material. The software Umberto supported them to find an answer to this question. The project is furthermore a good example for data exchange along the supply chain for conducting an LCA and that cooperation with suppliers can be worthwhile.
Life Cycle Assessment for Computer Hardware
Fujitsu, the Japanese producer of technology products and solutions worked on a LCA project together with the bifa environmental institute. The task was to carry out a Life Cycle Assessment study for computer hardware made by Fujitsu. The software Umberto was used for the project and showed that the greenhouse gas emissions (or product carbon footprint) are the most relevant indicator for the environmental performance and that the use phase has the lion’s share of the total carbon footprint with approx. 50 %.
Further features of our LCA software at a glance
What are my options when building a life cycle model?
- Life cycle phases as graphical elements, adjustable in number and name
- Linear and non-linear process specifications with parameters
- Process specifications with user-defined functions enable the modeling of mathematical relationships
- Hierarchical modeling structure (any number of subnet levels)
- Copy&Paste and Undo&Redo are available for editing
- Export and Import of Linear Specifications as Excel file in the form of an aggregated input/output table
Which methods for Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) can I choose?
- ReCiPe, Impact 2002+, Eco-Indicator 99, CML, TRACI, IPCC and many other indicator systems are integrated with the software
- User defined impact assessment methods can be created
- Individual KPIs of different indicator systems can be freely combined
- You choose which impact indicators will be used to display the results
What analyses and reports can I generate?
- Mass and energy inventories for the entire life cycle model as well as for custom-defined sub-systems
- Break down results by phases, by material groups, by processes, ...
- Export of all life cycle inventories (LCI) and LCIA results to Microsoft Excel
- Sankey diagrams and all result graphics can be exported quickly and easily
Umberto NXT LCA – the most visual LCA software
How does an LCA work?
A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), is a method to calculate the environmental impact of a product over its entire life cycle. In this context, the term 'product 'also includes services. Taking the entire product life cycle into consideration - from resource extraction to production, use, and disposal – guarantees an integrated evaluation of all inputs and outputs, thus making sure negative environmental impacts aren't shifted to other life cycle phases of the product. This methodology is defined in the ISO 14040/14044 DIN standard. Each LCA starts with setting the goal and scope of the particular study. In some instances, for example, it is sufficient to limit the system boundaries to the 'cradle-to-gate' approach rather than analyzing the entire product life cycle.
What is an LCA software?
Umberto NXT LCA is a versatile LCA software that allows you to calculate Life Cycle Assessments. You can also use this LCA tool to calculate Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Product Environmental Footprints (PEF), if your business has advanced to following these standards. It can also be used to find carbon footprints.
LCA software enables you to create a model of your entire product system. Using Umberto NXT LCA, you start by generating a material flow network. Integrated databases such as ecoinvent or GaBi are useful in realizing the system's boundaries. These databases already contain a large number of data sets, allowing you to easily visualize the background systems.
The next two phases of LCA, the life cycle inventory analysis and the life cycle impact assessment, are completed for you by the software. You then interpret and evaluate the results. The LCA software has functions to make it easy to evaluate the results in a way that they can actually be applied, for example, in the reduction of waste emissions. One of these functions is representing results as a Sankey diagram, which is helpful in securing an intuitive understanding of the outcome. Whether you plan to use the results of the LCA software analysis in your sustainability reporting or would like to discuss them with your colleagues – they enable the viewer to see at a glance where the critical points within your production system are. In the end, the software promotes a greater systems understanding and helps create more transparency.