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LCA accessibility through web tools

Published on March 8, 2022

Industries, consumers, and policy-makers increasingly use the life cycle approach in decision-making. To mainstream the use of LCA the results and conclusions need to be more accessible to a broader range of users. In the last few months, WeLOOP has been on a new mission: To make LCA accessible on a broader spectrum.

Digital technologies are everywhere. They affect the way we live, work, travel, and play. For years, digitalization has been helping to improve productivity and accessibility in many sectors. In addition, digitalization is a very efficient way to outreach LCA to the broader public. As such, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) seemed to be the perfect tool to reach our goal.

Recent projects

WeLOOP used web development in several projects. The description and the KPIs of these projects are summarized below. The most critical challenge in these projects is the collaboration between LCA engineers/projects managers and web developers.

As mentioned in this article, WeLOOP and DATS24 have elaborated a simplified mobility tool for the Belgian Market. The Fuel Guide is a decision-making tool for the choice of personal cars. It helps users base their choice on environmental and life cycle cost criteria in a simplified format.

Since its release on January 10th, about 25,000 users have received their fuel compatibility reports. With the success of the first version, WeLOOP and DATS24 are currently working on a second, improved version of the Fuel Guide.

Following the realization of the Fuel Guide, we decided to develop the Fuel Compass. It is intended to be informative, accessible, and interactive and focuses on the environmental part of the fuel choices.

  • Discovery: This section provides an environmental profile of each fuel type. This profile is made up of various ecological indicators and an overall score. These were calculated during an LCA carried out by WeLOOP
  • Evaluation: This section consists of a small questionnaire allowing you to evaluate the types of fuel corresponding to your lifestyle. The first three results and their respective environmental profile are provided at the end of this questionnaire.
  • Comparison: This section of the tool allows you to compare the different fuel types and view the differences between these fuels in detail.

Started in 2020 as the second phase of the IRTC, IRTC Business focuses on supporting industries in the identification and management of Critical Raw materials. This support is made through round tables, workshops, and guidance documents publications. The Decision Tool has been developed to help industries in their criticality evaluation and mitigation.

L’outil de décision est séparé en deux parties :

  • Exploration : The first tool aims to provide an overall view of the problem addressed. This allows you to explore the various concerns related to the criticality of raw materials, their causes, their prevention, and the multiple materials concerned.
  • Assessment: In this tool, you can select the category of products used or produced by your company, as well as specific products or specific materials. Following this selection, the tool provides you with the relevant concerns for your business, their preventions, as well as a detailed profile of the different components used.

The Circular Data Center Compass (CDCC) of CEDaCI project is a unique digital tool developed to enable users to compare the environmental, social and economic impacts of different equipment. CDCC supports decision-making, whether to upgrade existing equipment, buy refurbished or new equipment, recycle current equipment, or use the CEDaCI process, which reclaims more CRM. The tool also includes a new Criticality Indicator to compare the CRM content in products and an Eco-design Evaluator to enable more Circular Products in line with the EU Circular Economic Action Plan.

As previously mentionedWeLOOP contributes to the CEDaCI Compass project. In addition to carrying out LCA for this project, we are also in charge of developing the front-end part of the tool.