The Australian National Life Cycle Inventory Database (AusLCI) is a major initiative currently being delivered by the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS). The aim is to provide and maintain a national, publicly-accessible database with easy access to authoritative, comprehensive and transparent environmental information on a wide range of Australian products and services over their entire life cycle. It is an invaluable tool for those involved in environmental assessment and particularly life cycle assessment (LCA), as it provides consistent guidelines, principles and methodologies for the collection of life cycle inventory (LCI) data, along with protocols for LCA processes for different sectors.
The project brings together stakeholders from industry, government and academia to develop a methodology to standardise the interpretation of ISO 14040 in Australia. The LCI database will then enable suppliers to use LCA to reduce environmental impacts and to appropriately promote the environmental attributes of their products and services.
The initiative will deliver substantial benefits to manufacturers and retailers, who may be able use it to demonstrate product credentials and increase sales, provide enhanced disclosure to consumers and obtain market advantage for individual products over competitors.
The database will also provide a consistent source of information to support and provide benchmarks for eco-labelling, and underpin the development of LCA-based policy developments and design tools for buildings and infrastructure.
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