The European Commission’s Integrated Product Policy Communication (COM (2003)302) identified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as the “best framework for assessing the potential environmental impacts of products”. This Communication highlighted the necessity for a Platform on LCA and to increase the availability of quality-assured life-cycle data. The EC, through its DG Environment and JRC, responded to these needs by establishing the European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment (EPLCA).
The European Platform on LCA is implemented by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Environment and Sustainability working closely with DG Environment, Directorate Green Economy. This Platform supports business and government needs for the availability, inter-operability, and quality of life cycle data and studies (more here).
Since 2013 the ELPCA is supporting the Environmental Footprint development (click here for more info). Since April 2018, the Life Cycle Data Network (LCDN) hosts EF data, released from several providers, and also a dedicated node, maintained by JRC, hosting EF representative data (direct link)