RECYLUM ICV Public LCI Database Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) Database on WEEE management

Welcome!

About Récylum

ESR (Eco-systèmes / Récylum) is a not-for-profit organisation accredited by the French Authorities. ESR gathers both Eco-systèmes and Récylum activities. In accordance with French and European regulations, ESR carries out a mission of public interest, i.e. the deployment throughout France of a system for collection, depollution and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Eco-systèmes coordinates the collection, depollution and recycling of household WEEE.
Récylum coordinates the collection, depollution and recycling of lamps, professional WEEE and small fire extinguishers.

This Récylum’s Node gathers LCI datasets for products under the scope of Récylum activities.

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Partnership

For 3 years, ESR (Eco-systèmes / Récylum), accompanied by Bleu Safran (consultant specialized in LCA applied to waste management), has developed a Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) database on WEEE management. This project has been co-financed by ADEME (French environmental agency).

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See also Eco-Systèmes's Node at: weee-lci.eco-systemes.com

Once downloaded, how to visualize the datasets?

Important files to download:

For the moment and due to technical reasons the complete Data Sets can not be downloaded directly through the node. Feel free to contact us to get them.

Click on the following links to download the documents listed below:        Download

Please note that those documents are also available in the folder Source.

  • User Guide of the LCI (PDF)
  • Methodological report (PDF)
  • External review report (PDF)
  • Lamps LCI, CSV Format (Excel)
  • Self-Contained Emergency Lighting LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Small Professional Electric Equipment (Medical, Building, Industry, Research) LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Large Professional Electric Equipment (Medical, Building, Industry, Research) LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Professional Lighting Equipment LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Professional Inverters LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Electrical Motors for industrial applications LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Water Fountains LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Professional cold cabinets (with compressor) LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Heat Pumps and Air-conditioners (fluid filler < 2kg) LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Rooftop Air-conditioners LCI, CSV format (Excel)
  • Mapping of elementary flows and associated UUID generated after conversion of the LCI from SimaPro to ILCD format (Excel)

About this WEEE LCI Database

This innovative database provides unprecedented possibilities to the producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment to integrate resource efficiency in their eco-design strategies. The database, compliant with ILCD entry-level and ISO14040-14044 requirements, covers all categories of household appliances as well as certain professional equipment, included those defined by the WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU). It is available on Eco-systèmes and Récylum’s nodes on the Life-cycle Data Network of the Joint Research Centre.

This database contributes to solve several challenges faced by producers to adopt a circular approach, from an environmental assessment perspective, notably by:
  • Reducing the dissymmetry between production and end-of-life modelling, in terms of reliability and granularity of the data used.
  • Facilitating the modelling of a life-cycle stage which is generally not managed by material producers nor product manufacturers, and involves multi-step and multi-actor pathways.
  • Taking into account, on the basis of field data, the environmental benefits of material and energy recovery.
For this purpose, the LCI have been developed at the scale of a couple material/WEEE category (e.g.: LCI of the end-of-life of 1kg of steel in large household appliances, LCI of the end-of-life of 1kg of glass in lamps, etc.), and cover all the operations from waste collection to final destinations of the processed fractions (recycling, energy recovery, landfilling). Thereby, the database allows to take the complete recycling chain into account and to adapt the assessment specifically to the product design, without requiring any additional hypothesis or settings than the product material composition. The specific data needed, from the producer’s perspective, as well as the scale of analysis can thus be consistent between the different life-cycle stages linked to material efficiency: raw material extraction, manufacturing, end-of-life.

As regards the benefits of recycling and energy recovery, two variants of LCI have been produced:
  1. Including the benefits of recycling and energy recovery (system expansion approach).
  2. Not including them (cut-off approach).
To achieve this modelling, data of different sources have been gathered, cross-checked and peer-reviewed by independent experts to feed the material flow analysis:
  • Sampling programmes and WEEE material composition analysis.
  • Recurrent batch assessments on output fractions, for treatment plants covering more than 90% of WEEE volumes managed by ESR (Eco-systèmes / Récylum).
  • Traceability on the downstream acceptors of the output fractions.
  • Questionnaires to treatment plants on residues or mixed fractions compositions, energy consumptions and emissions.
These data sources have been cross-checked by ESR (Eco-systèmes / Récylum), the developer (Bleu Safran), and peer-reviewed by recognized and independent experts (Philippe Osset, Ueli Kasser). The methodology and data sources are clarified in the Modelling principles report that can be found in each LCI.

Data access and use

Datasets can be used free of charge and also distributed to third parties (if unmodified). For more details please refer to the General Terms of Use.