The Life Cycle Data Network (LCDN) was launched in 2014. It aims to provide a globally usable infrastructure for the publication of quality assured LCA dataset (i.e. LCI datasets and LCIA method datasets) from different organizations ( e.g. industry, national LCA projects, research groups, and consultants).

The LCDN is a non-centralised web-based infrastructure composed by Nodes (i.e. the repository of a developer/owner dateset), and it also called Registry.

Main features of the LCDN are:

  • The datasets in the LCDN are published by the developer/owner through their own Node.

  • Datasets registered can be searched and then browsed directly from the relative Node in the network.

  • All datasets registered and published are compliant with quality requirements aimed at guarantee datasets quality and coherence in terms of Methodology, Documentation, and Nomenclature, for the two compliance systems allowed (ILCD entry level and PEF/OEF)

  • Look at the nodes registered for ILCD entry level and PEF/OEF

The LCDN datasets support Policy development and application, Environmental Footprint activities and European Commission Life-Cycle based projects.

Originally meant to host data compliant with ILCD entry level requirements, since April 2018 a new registry has been added, to host and share data packages in line with the Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint (PEF and OEF) framework .. The European Commission hosts the node for the Environmental Footprint's of the representative products (click here to go directly to the node)