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- Version LCA+ - Life Cycle Assessment Software (LCA)


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a powerful tool to analyse and improve your environmental balance. With Umberto LCA+ you can build a graphic model of your production system and product life cycle, generate a life cycle inventory analysis, and eventually create a complete life cycle impact assessment. We are happy to advise you on how to use our LCA software to your best advantage.

Life Cycle Assessments with integrated cost analysis

Umberto LCA+ is the only LCA software with integrated cost analysis for e.g. Life Cycle Costing. This enables you to create different scenarios with regard to technological, legal, market, price and demand trends in terms of costs and environmental criteria.

Integration of pre-existing primary data

You‘ve already gathered data for your LCA in Microsoft Excel? Great! – then you‘ve already accomplished the first step.
Our Live Link connection lets you link cell data from Microsoft Excel with your Umberto model. Any data changes within the Excel worksheet, such as production volumes or material use, automatically updates the data within Umberto LCA+. We also offer customized options for interfacing with other tools like SAP or other systems.

A factor for success: integrated LCA databases

Both the ecoinvent and GaBi LCA databases can be used to provide background data for creating a full-scale Life Cycle Assessment. This choice of databases, already available within the Umberto LCA+ software, always provides you with just the right data.

Overview of LCA databases

Are you looking for an initial and quick estimate of the environmental impacts? With a 'screening LCA' you can minimizes the required effort, complexity, and data collection. It only takes the main materials used in a product into consideration and Global Warming Potential (GWP) values are used for the calculation. The so called “ecological rucksack” of the material already incorporates upstream and downstream chains using global averages. This allows a quick overview and helps to identify hot spots that should be investigated in more detail.

Presenting environmental potentials in a nutshell

You want to visualize the results of your Life Cycle Assessment project convincingly and in a straight forward way? Then you should show the environmental impacts of your product as a Sankey diagram. It easily presents and communicates the relevant findings and interrelationships.
Of course, you can easily export all results to Microsoft Excel or create a print-ready image file. The Umberto LCA+ software will help all interested parties to be on the same page when it comes to a comprehensive systems understanding.

What are my options when building a life cycle model?

  • Life cycle phases as graphical elements, adjustable in number and name
  • Linear and non-linear process specifications with parameters
  • Process specifications with user-defined functions enable the modeling of mathematical relationships
  • Freely definable parameters
  • Hierarchical modeling structure (any number of subnet levels)
  • Copy&Paste and Undo&Redo are available for editing
  • Save model sections in the model gallery for later reuse
  • Integrate inventory and inventory changes
  • Specify processes by programming with Phyton (scripting)
  • Export and Import of Linear Specifications as Excel file in the form of an aggregated input/output table

What are my options when using cost calculation?

  • Holistic Management Cost Accounting with material direct costs and process costs (variable and fixed)
  • Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) to calculate the true costs of material losses
  • Free definition of cost types and cost plans
  • Assign fixed and variable costs to each cost center
  • Presentation and evaluation of results for each cost center
  • Cost unit accounting

Which methods for Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) can I choose?

  • ReCiPe, Impact 2002+, Eco-Indicator 99, CML, TRACI, IPCC and many other indicator systems are integrated with the software
  • User defined impact assessment methods can be created
  • Individual KPIs of different indicator systems can be freely combined
  • You choose which impact indicators will be used to display the results

What analyses and reports can I generate?

  • Mass and energy balances for the entire system as well as for custom-defined sub-systems
  • Material Flow Cost Accounting according to ISO 14051
  • Analysis based on processes, products and flows
  • Display cost analysis in tables or graphs
  • Export of all result data to Microsoft Excel
  • Sankey diagrams of costs, energy and mass flows
  • Sankey diagram graphics can be exported quickly and easily

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), is a method to calculate the environmental impact of a product over its entire life cycle. In this context, the term 'product 'also includes services. Taking the entire product life cycle into consideration - from resource extraction to production, use, and  disposal – guarantees an integrated evaluation of all inputs and outputs, thus making sure negative environmental impacts aren't shifted to other life cycle phases of the product. This methodology is defined in the ISO 14040/14044 DIN standard. Each LCA starts with setting the goal and scope of the particular study. In some instances, for example, it is sufficient to limit the system boundaries to the 'cradle-to-gate' approach rather than analyzing the entire product life cycle.
What is an LCA software?

Umberto LCA+ is a versatile LCA software that allows you to calculate Life Cycle Assessments. You can also use this LCA tool to calculate Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Product Environmental Footprints (PEF), if your business has advanced to following these standards. It can also be used to find carbon footprints.

What is an LCA software?

Umberto LCA+ is a versatile LCA software that allows you to calculate Life Cycle Assessments. You can also use this LCA tool to calculate Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Product Environmental Footprints (PEF), if your business has advanced to following these standards. It can also be used to find carbon footprints.

LCA software enables you to create a model of your entire product system. Using Umberto LCA+, you start by generating a material flow network. Integrated databases such as ecoinvent or GaBi are useful in realizing the system's boundaries. These databases already contain a large number of data sets, allowing you to easily visualize the background systems.

The next two phases of LCA, the life cycle inventory analysis and the life cycle impact assessment, are completed for you by the software. You then interpret and evaluate the results. The LCA software has functions to make it easy to evaluate the results in a way that they can actually be applied, for example, in the reduction of waste emissions. One of these functions is representing results as a Sankey diagram, which is helpful in securing an intuitive understanding of the outcome. Whether you plan to use the results of the LCA software analysis in your sustainability reporting or would like to discuss them with your colleagues – they enable the viewer to see at a glance where the critical points within your production system are. In the end, the software promotes a greater systems understanding and helps create more transparency.

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