Environmental research, development and innovation

When doing environmental research, you want to deliver the most accurate and unbiased results. Two criteria are paramount when choosing LCA software: transparency and uncertainty analysis. Researching the impacts of policies, products or technological developments loses much of its power if you can’t track the source of your impact scores to the smallest detail. And once you do, you need to know the extent to which you can be sure that data is correct. SimaPro was developed to meet your exacting standards: its data structures are completely transparent and it uses databases that provide uncertainty factors. It also offers advanced features such as process and project parameters and Monte Carlo analysis.

SimaPro supports the most detailed research

LCAs for environmental research require even more transparency than LCAs for business purposes. If organizations come to you with a research question, they are looking for truly independent, scientifically supported results. Thoroughly substantiating the source of impacts and uncertainties is important, as is being able to provide detailed sensitivity analysis.

SimaPro manages to provide that transparency and reliability in a robust and user-friendly package, that can keep up with the constantly growing data coverage. It includes the full implementation of the renowned ecoinvent database, with unit processes, uncertainty parameters, and the three available options to deal with multi-output processes.

SimaPro also supports you in selecting the right methods for your LCAs: you can select many options within various methods, such as the different perspectives and normalization sets in ReCiPe.  Switching between these options is a powerful way to test the sensitivity of your LCA models. The uncertainty of each flow can be analyzed quantitatively, and you can also add uncertainty factors to your data. The built-in Monte Carlo analysis feature equips you to create reliable comparisons between products.

Providing value by sharing your results

LCA research results have the potential to help drive change, especially if you’re doing research into the impact of policies and technological developments. To fulfill this potential, your results need to be understandable to decision-makers. SimaPro supports you in this with its powerful reporting features and add-ons. You can export your results to Microsoft Word or Excel, and with SimaPro Report Maker, tables and graphs stay updated even as you change your model.

SimaPro can help you pinpoint exactly which processes cause the strongest impacts in each life cycle stage. This helps you substantiate which materials or processing are most in need of change, and which life cycle stage needs the most attention. Determining these ‘hotspots’ provides decision-makers with science-based, actionable information that is still easy to understand.

Trusted by experts

SimaPro LCA software is beloved by research institutes and individual sustainability practitioners. It’s science-driven, always strives to incorporate the latest methodologies and databases, and relies on over 30 years of LCA thought leadership. PRé Sustainability, the developer of SimaPro, has been at the forefront of LCA development since the 1990s, and continues to contribute to major policy and research developments. SimaPro is currently used in hundreds of universities worldwide.

"We have been using SimaPro for over a decade now. Currently as a server application, which is much more convenient when you have several users. We often need to go deep into the inventory to see where specific impacts come from, with SimaPro this is possible. Also working with parameters makes SimaPro extra valuable."

Tom Ligthart - LCA and sustainability expert at a scientific research institute

Helping Lucite understand the environmental impacts of plastics

As one of the largest suppliers of the plastics methylmethacrylate (MMA) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), Lucite wanted to understand their environmental impacts. LCA in SimaPro gave them this, and helped suggest improvements.

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Modeling the impacts of cleaning products for A.I.S.E.

For the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E), PRé used SimaPro to develop a method to determine the hotspots in a product's life cycle. This helps determine key performance indicators.

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Other benefits for your organisation

Teaching with SimaPro

In the past 30 years, hundreds of universities worldwide have taught LCA with SimaPro. SimaPro is user-friendly, with unparalleled levels of accuracy and transparency. That allows you to focus on teaching hands-on LCA to the next generation of sustainability professionals.

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