What’s new in SimaPro 9.1?

We are happy to introduce SimaPro 9.1! The new version of SimaPro offers enhanced contents in various data libraries, ensuring quality, consistency and accuracy of the data and impact assessment methods.

By Michiel Oele, SimaPro Product Specialist at PRé Sustainability

With the release of SimaPro 9.1 we offer several updates of databases and impact assessment methods. SimaPro 9.1 includes ecoinvent 3.6, as well as multiple updated datasets for Industry Data 2.0 and ELCD. We also added two new methods: EN 15804 and EF 3.0. A number of smaller improvements and bug fixes were implemented in this release, including a new functionality to facilitate an easier export from SimaPro desktop to SimaPro online platform.

Updated databases:

  • Ecoinvent 3.6
  • Industry Data 2.0
  • ELCD

New methods:

  • EF 3.0 method (adapted)
  • EN 15804 +A2 (adapted)

Updated methods:

  • ReCiPe 2016
  • EF Method

Below you can see the highlights of this release. For a full overview of changes in SimaPro 9.1, please refer to the ‘What’s new in SimaPro 9.1′ manual.

Database changes

New and updated data in ecoinvent 3.6

SimaPro 9.1 includes the most recent version of the ecoinvent database. Ecoinvent 3.6 features more than 2,200 new and 2,500 updated datasets related to agriculture, building and construction materials, chemicals, electricity, fishing, metals, refineries, textiles, tourism, transport, waste treatment and recycling, and water supply. As a result, the ecoinvent data landscape now includes 247 more products, has expanded its geographical coverage on numerous countries and regions not covered before, such as Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Peru and South Africa.

Join our webinar

We team up with ecoinvent for an informative webinar on the changes in ecoinvent 3.6 and how it has been implemented in SimaPro 9.1. We are happy to offer two sessions in different languages:

  • English-speaking webinar on June 25th
  • Spanish-speaking webinar on July 7th

This is a free event, but registration is required.  Please register here and make sure to select the correct session.

Changes in Industry Data 2.0

Three new datasets, published by IMOA (Molybdenum association), were included to Industry data 2.0.:

  • Ferromolybdenum (FeMo)/GLO S
  • Molybdenum Tech Oxide Briquette (input to steel)/GLO S
  • Molybdenum Tech Oxide powder (input to steel & chemicals)/GLO S

Two datasets from Plastics Europe were corrected:

  • Bisphenol A/EU-25
  • Polycarbonate granulate (PC)/EU-25

Changes in ELCD

We updated the glass fibre datasets from the Glass Fibre Europe datasets, as the previous datasets in ILCD contained a number of errors and discrepancies with the reported results. We appreciate the cooperation of Glass Fibre Europe, PWC and EY in understanding and solving the issues.

New and updated impact assessment methods

This release includes two new methods: EF 3.0 method (adapted) and EN 15804 +A2 (adapted). In addition, corrective updates were made in several methods. For more details on each method, please see the comment section of the individual methods, or the methods manual in SimaPro (via Help> Data Manuals> Methods Manual), also available on the SimaPro Help Center.

New methods 

  • EF 3.0 method (adapted)

The EF method is the impact assessment method of Environmental Footprint (EF) initiative. The implementation is based on EF method 3.0 published for use during the EF transition phase.

Changes from the EF 2.0 method:

    • Human toxicity and ecotoxicity impact categories have been replaced
    • Land use factors have been recalculated
    • Smaller changes to Climate Change (carbon storage), Ozone depletion, Photochemical ozone formation, respiratory inorganics and water scarcity
    • Normalization and weighting factors published November 2019 are included
    • Adaptations by PRé Consultants are described in the method’s comment sections

The method was originally developed to be used with EF-compliant datasets, which use the nomenclature of the ILCD flow list. In order to make it compatible with other datasets provided in SimaPro, we aligned the flow names with SimaPro nomenclature, and removed flows not used by SimaPro libraries, such as regionalised land use flows.

Since the method was modified, it is not suitable for conducting the EF-compliant studies but can be used for other assessments. The original version of the method will be distributed in the dedicated SimaPro EF database.

  • EN 15804 + A2 method (adapted)

The EN 15804 standard covers Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) of Construction Products. The 2019 A2 revision of this standard has aligned their methodology with the EF 3.0 method, except for their approach on biogenic carbon. According to the EN 15804, biogenic carbon emissions cause the same amount of Climate Change as fossil carbon, but can be neutralized by removing this carbon from the atmosphere again.

This method is identical to the EF 3.0 method, except for some characterization factors in both the Climate Change and Climate Change – Biogenic impact categories.

Updated methods

  • ReCiPe 2016 (all versions)

For all versions of ReCiPe 2016, a range of corrections was made.

Ozone formation (both impact categories):

    • Nitrogen dioxide was added with a factor equal to Nitrogen oxides.

Marine eutrophication:

    • Nitrogen, organic bound, Nitrogenous Matter (unspecified, as N) and Ammonia (as N) were added with factors equal to Nitrogen,
    • Nitrite was added with a factor equal to Nitrogen dioxide.

Toxicity (all categories):

    • Chromium was added with factor equal to Chromium III
    • Antimony, Arsenic were added with factors, which are average of their two oxidation states

Additional characterization factors were added to Ozone formation, Marine eutrophication, Toxicity (all three categories) and Global warming. The flow “water, rain” was removed from “Water consumption”.

EF Method (adapted)

    • Water scarcity: factor for ‘Water/m3’ was corrected, and additional 8 water flows were characterised.
    • Land use: additional 72 land use flows were characterised. They are not part of the original method and were included to ensure completeness of EF method when applied to other databases provided in SimaPro.

How to update to SimaPro 9.1?

Everyone with a valid service contract from January 31, 2020 onward can update to SimaPro 9.1. Updating from SimaPro 9.0 to 9.1 is straightforward if you follow the update instructions. As usual, you will need to update the software, then import the update database and append substances.  If you’re updating from SimaPro 8, we recommend that you first carry out a database check using your SimaPro 8 installation before updating the software. This will avoid you converting a potentially corrupt database to SimaPro 9 which can make it harder to repair.

For all recommendations and step-by-step instructions, please refer to the update manuals available at the SimaPro Help Center. These manuals also include the relevant download links.

What’s next?

AGRIBALYSE 3.0 – the French LCI database for the agriculture and food sector – recently became available for SimaPro users. In the future, we expect to release more new and updated databases for food and agriculture LCAs. 

Right now, we are also working on a new website and brand identity. Stay tuned to see how it evolves!

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