Company level | Purchasing | Adding an LCA reference
By Luc Hillege
January 24, 2022
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Company level | Purchasing | Adding an LCA reference

Hi there, I'm Luc Hillege. And today I'm going to explain to you how you can add lifecycle assessment reference to purchased materials. We're going to do this on the company level on the purchasing page and this video is meant for beginning users to add environmental impact data to your materials. How do we do this? The first thing is going through the purchasing page in Ecochain by clicking on the input level. Company. Purchasing.

I'm using the example of course, of the concrete plant that we are using in previous videos as well. Here we added three materials, which are relevant for concrete production and these are cement, gravel and sand.

What we want to do is we want to connect environmental data. And this environmental data is available in our environmental databases. You can access the environmental database, by using the button add supplier.

First thing we're going to do is add cement, and find the right lifecycle assessment reference in the database. So click on the button, add supplier.

As you can see you acces the environmental database in Ecochain. There are a lot of materials which you can choose from.

The main thing that you want to learn is using the search functionality. So type cement, and you can see that there's a lot of cement options available, there are a total of 989 cement references in the database. But there are multiple databases that you can choose from and in multiple versions. So the first thing you want to select the Ecoinvent database. So add Ecoinvent to the search query and you will see that it's still the same. But we can limit it by using the latest version and include that in a search query. version 3.6 is the latest version of Ecoinvent, v3.6

then you still have a lot of options and results in the search query. You can see that there's data available from the Nationale Milieudatabase, which is the Dutch environmental database.

We can also exclude that by typing minus and Pressing nationale.

And there you see it. We exclude. data from the Nationale Milieudatabase in our search query now. What is also relevant to know is that we are actually looking for cement production.

And by choosing cement production, we see that we now have a lot less options to choose from.