ELCD Discontinuation

ELCD has been discontinued the 29th of June 2018. Several data providers have nowadays the capacity to create and maintain their own nodes, and share the data through the Life Cycle Data Network (LCDN https://eplca.jrc.ec.europa.eu/LCDN/). The JRC has released two new nodes, that will respond to specific needs of data sharing, for LCI datasets developed within EU-funded research projects, and for small data providers (i.e. those that needs to share less than 10 process datasets) ensuring also for those entities the possibility to share data without the obligation of the node development and maintenance.

The two new nodes are available at the following links

We clearly endorse all the data providers to develop and maintain their own node, since is definitely more flexible and easy to manage and update. However, for the developers that fits in one of the two above mentioned categories (EU Funded Research Projects, or Small Data Providers), that can't create and maintain a node, there's the possibility to ask for data migration from ELCD to the new nodes.

If you want to request the migration,send an email at EC-EPLCA@ec.europa.eu and provide the details of the datasets that have to be migrated.

The two above-mentioned nodes, will be also connected, in the second half of the year, to the Global LCA Data Access (GLAD) network, developed under the Life Cycle Initiative of the United Nation Environment Programme (see http://www.globallcadataaccess.org/ for further info).

Data access and use

After the discontinuation , the ELCD database is not available anymore online, but is still downloadable as a zip package (see “Database download” on the side bar of this page.

Import into LCA software

Import/export interfaces to major LCA tools for data sets of the Life Cycle Data Network and in the ILCD format are available in several LCA tools. Please contact your tool developer/distributor for more information about the import/export functionalities.