On the continuation of ISO LCA Data Documentation Guidance

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A presentation on the view of what is needed regarding LCA data docuemntation guidance to support LCA practice, held at the ISO/TC207/SC5 plenary in Gabarone, Botswana in June 2013.

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On the continuation of ISO LCA Data Documentation Guidance

  1. 1. ON THE CONTINUATION OF ISO LCA DATA DOCUMENTATION GUIDANCE Raul Carlson Sweden Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gabarone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com
  2. 2. CONTENTS Purpose and value of ISO LCA data documentation guidance Brief information about the contents of the ISO/TS 14048:2002 – Life cycle assessment Data documentation format Challenges that lie ahead Proposed first step from here Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gaborone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com
  3. 3. PURPOSE AND VALUE OF ISO LCA DATA DOCUMENTATION GUIDANCE  Reviewability (of data and LCA studies)  An LCA study needs to allow for reviewability, hence calls for documented data  Lack of documentation harmonization drives costs for review  Data acquisition (for LCA studies and databases)  An LCA study is established on the acquisition of data from different sources, hence an LCA study depends on documented data and calls for good documentation routines  Lack of documentation harmonization introduces data errors (hinders quality analysis and leads to misinterpration) and drives data acquisition costs (interpretation difficulties and needs to reinvent documentation routines over and over again)  Data exchange (for LCA studies and capacity building networks)  LCA studies depend on exchange of data between practitioners and organizations  Lack of harmonization of documentation formats and nomenclatures introduces data errors (manual or computer based misinterpration) and drives data acquisition costs (need to reinvent solutions over and over again) Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gaborone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com
  4. 4. BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENTS OF THE ISO/TS 14048:2002 – LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT DATA DOCUMENTATION FORMAT Data documentation of process Process Modeling and validation (5.2) (5.3) Process description Inputs and outputs (5.2.2) (5.2.3) Administrative information Documentation format for product systems and unit processes Figure 1 – Concepts of the data documentation format Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gaborone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com
  5. 5. BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENTS OF THE ISO/TS 14048:2002 – LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT DATA DOCUMENTATION FORMAT Scope:  Life cycle inventory data Practical support and specification:  Specifies ’all’ data fields necessary to enable review and interpretation of LCI data Data quality support:  Specifies many data fields for statistics , transparency, reviewability, interpretation, etc. Market relevance:  Is used as independent reference for database formats in many instances  Has not been used in full detail at many instances Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gaborone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com
  6. 6. CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD Scope:  Expand to also LCIA data, e.g. definition of impact categories, categor y indicator s, classification paths and characterization modelling, as well as e.g. weighting, normalization and grouping. Practical suppor t and specification:  Specify key nomenclatures to suppor t LCI and LCIA database build-up, data exchange and data networking Data quality suppor t:  Include last 10 year s of accelerating knowledge and practical experiences, in par ticular the scope and structure for quantitative environmental data acquisition and provision described in the ISO/TS 14033:2012 Market relevance:  Aim towards an independent reference for guidance data documentation for 14044 and its dif ferent applications, such as 14025, 14067, 14045 and 14046 Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gaborone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com
  7. 7. PROPOSED THREE FIRST STEPS FROM HERE 1. Maintain ISO 14048, as TS or TR 2. Propose a new work to develop a TR that compiles and harmonizes best practice on LCI and LCIA data documentation challenges (listed on previous slide) 3. Replace ISO 14048 with new TR Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gaborone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com
  8. 8. THANK YOU! QUESTIONS? Contact information raul.carlson@viktoria.se raul@eco2win.com Presented at ISO/TC 207/SC 5 June 24-30 2013 Gabarone, Botswana, contact information: raul.carlson@viktoria.se, raul@eco2win.com

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