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GaBi LCA databases in Umberto LCA+

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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.

Umberto LCA+ is one of the few life cycle assessment tools in which both databases can be integrated as standard.

GaBi databases in Umberto LCA+ provide you with a great variety of data sets for your LCA projects. All datasets are in accordance with the ISO 14044, ISO 14064, and ISO 14025 international standards.

You would like to learn more about the GaBi databases and the use for your life cycle assessment project? Just contact us, we are happy to advise you!

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Highlights of GaBi LCA databases

Example "GaBi Professional database" in Umberto NXT

  • Over 7.000 Life Cycle Inventory datasets are available in Umberto LCA+
  • All data sets are developed in accordance to ISO 14044 (Life Cycle Analysis), ISO 14064 (Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Organizations), and ISO 14025 (Environmental Product Declaration) standards
  • The GaBi databases are regularly audited in close collaboration with DEKRA
  • A reliable basis for strategic decision making

You would like to use the GaBi databases for your LCA? The purchase of one or more licenses for GaBi databases in Umberto requires a maintenance contract for data updates, which is obligatory for the first year. Of course, we will gladly prepare a non-binding offer for you.

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Available methods for life cycle impact assessment

Select different life cycle impact assessment categories

The GaBi databases in Umberto LCA+ come with integrated, up-to-date methods for life cycle impact assessments (LCIA). For the most commonly used methods, the data sets from the GaBi and ecoinvent databases are already linked, making their joint use for assessments possible. The process retains full transparency concerning the data's origins.

  • CML 2001 (April 2013)
  • EDIP 2003
  • Impact 2002+
  • New impacts ILCD recommendation
  • ReCiPe 1.08
  • TRACI 2.1
  • USEtox

Detailed information on GaBi databases in Umberto

Would you like to learn more about the contents of the GaBi databases in Umberto? Then use our detailed search function to look for processes that are included in the GaBi databases.

Which databases do I need?

The data sets are organized in acitivity oriented groups, starting with the “professional database” with the possibility to add on several thematic “extension databases”. Umberto enables you to use any combination of the various GaBi databases. In the following you can find an overview of available GaBi databases and a brief description of the containing data sets.

Professional database
Standard database used in industry with over 2.400 processes. Includes ELCD database and data from PlasticsEurope, Worldsteel, European Aluminium Association, Eurofer.

Extension database Ia: Intermediates organic
Approximately 130 data sets: various country-specific organic intermediates. Basic products of industrial synthesis (e.g. methanol, formaldehyde), oxidation products of ethylene (e.g. ethylene oxide), alcohols, components for polyamids (e.g. adipic acid, caprolactam, hexamethylene diamine), conversion products of propene (e.g. acrylonitrile, acetone, epichlorhydrin, bisphenol A), aromatic compounds and conversion products of benzene (e.g. BTX, ethylbenzene, styrene, cumene, cyclohexane, maleic anhydride), oxidation products of xylene (e.g. phthalic anhydride, dimethyl terephthalate).

Extension database II: Energy
Contains 782 processes. Country-specific power grid mixes, Natural gas, power, hard coal, crude oil, lignite mixes from different countries, thermal energy from steam, crude oil, natural gas from several countries and many more.

Extension database III: Steel
32 data sets: Steel sheets, alloyed steel, alloying elements.

Extension database IV: Aluminium
74 data sets: aluminium profiles, sheets, castings, alloying elements.

Extension database V: Non-ferrous metals
13 processes. Titanium, cadmium, nickel, copper, manganese, high and low carbon ferro-chrome and others.

Extension database VI: Precious metals
28 data sets, including gold, silver, palladium, rhodium and platinum.

Extension database VII: Plastics
High performance plastics, compounds.

Extension database VIII: Coatings
Painting processes, paint, solvents, pigments, fillers.

Extension database IX: End of life
Disposal, recycling, dynamic process models

Extension database IXb: End of life
Contains 59 processes for disposal, recycling, dynamic process models.

Extension database X: Manufacturing
Single processes, material-specific processes, dynamic processes

Extension database XI: Electronics
Electronic component mixer, average components characterised by name, housing description, mass, size, pin number and lead free tag, FR4 substrates, solder pastes, mechanical parts and data sets for average assembly lines.

Extension database XII: Renewable raw materials
Fertilizers and pesticides, tractors & passes, agricultural equipment, several industrial intermediate products for e. g. producing biopolymers or fuels, different crops.

Extension database XIII: ecoinvent 2.2 integrated
The database consists of about 2500 unit processes and about 2500 calculated processes of different products and services like: energy supply, building materials and building processes, chemicals, detergent ingredients, graphic papers, transport, disposal, agricultural products and processes.

Extension database XIIIb: ecoinvent 3.5 integrated
The database consists of unit processes and calculated result processes for different products and services like: energy supply, building materials and building processes, chemicals, detergent ingredients, graphic papers, transport, disposal, agricultural products and processes.

Extension database XIV: Construction materials
Additives, glue, concrete, mortar, plaster, paints, lightweight aggregate concrete, brick, foam mortar, lime sand brick, building slabs, wood, insulating material, heat insulating bonding systems, metals, plastics, windows.

Extension database XV: Textile finishing
Pre-treatment (dry processes such as singeing, or wet processes such as desizing, bleaching and scouring), dyeing and/or printing (e.g. acids, cationic, direct, disperse, and reactive dyes), finishing, fabrics.

Extension database XVI: Seat covers
Contains natural and synthetic materials used in the manufacture of automobile seat covers.

Extension database XVII: Full U.S. database
Over 950 cradle-to-gate inventories for commonly used materials, energy supplies and transportation systems with U.S. boundary conditions. Includes 190 new data sets developed by thinkstep and over 200 cradle-to-gate data sets based on NREL’s U.S. LCI database.

Extension database XVIII: NREL U.S. LCI integrated
This free database contains gate-to-gate inventories for over 264 products and processes, integrated from NREL’s U.S. LCI Database project.

Extension database XIX: Bioplastics
The database contains some 95 process data sets on bioplastics from sugar cane, wheat, corn, etc. Geographical coverage is for Europe and the U.S.

Extension database XX: Food & Feed
The new database includes over 350 data sets representing the most commonly used food and feed products in different geographical regions:

  • Crops and animals, e.g. corn, tapioca, rapeseeds, beef, sheep
  • Manufacturing of food products (incl. dairy, starch, and grain mill products, sugar, meat, chocolate, animal feed, vegetable and animal oils, etc.) and by-products
  • European production and import mixes for major commodities like sugar beet, rapeseed, corn, soybeans and wheat

Extension database XXII: Carbon Composites
This database contains 137 processes based on industry data, 58 of which are unit processes



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