The non-profit Environmental Genome is the largest transparent life cycle inventory database of CAS-numbered chemicals in the world, used by many corporate programs across industry sectors. This next generation inventory life cycle inventory database provides the most detailed and accurate Life Cycle Assessment estimates available.
As the world transitions to a low-carbon economy, companies are under significant pressure to decarbonize, transition to renewable energy and materials, develop resilience to the effects of climate change, and embrace the circular economy. To do that they must reduce their climate and other lifecycle impacts and eliminate waste through the superior design of products, processes and supply chains.
Investors representing tens of trillions of dollars in the U.S. and hundreds of large corporate purchasers with more than $5 trillion in procurement spending power are pressing firms to report their environmental data. The movement toward government-mandated disclosures of climate risk and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide is expanding.
The manufacturing sector, a heavy user of energy and natural resources, is on the front lines of the transition. Forrester Research reported in 2021 that manufacturing has the highest rates of emission reduction targets and carbon neutral date commitments of any sector in the Fortune Global 200. A number of these companies rely on the Environmental Genome for the most detailed, accurate and actionable life cycle inventory data available.
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The Benefits of Working with the Nonprofit Environmental Genome Initiative
Currently, investors, companies, procurement professionals, and regulators are reliant on a life cycle industry with datasets still in development. Too often firms rely on environmental impact studies built on secondary information based on industry averages inappropriate for this use. The results are imprecise and highly variable (+/- 400 to 1,000%).
The Environmental Genome’s datasets provide the most actionable and accurate (+/- 10 to 20%) estimates available for Life Cycle Assessment – used worldwide to study the environmental and economic impacts of products and services throughout the product life cycle from raw materials acquisition, through processing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, and disposal.
The high level of detail in the EG database can support numerous, diverse opportunities. These include smart product design to achieve reduced environmental impacts, high potential return for analytics and software applications, tools and data to protect corporate intellectual property in product manufacturing and design by diagnosing unauthorized use, and large challenges in dealing with global supply chains affecting our national security.
The EG provides primary data on the content, design, manufacturing processes, energy use, and chemical emissions at the product level, enabling the most accurate Life Cycle Assessment estimates available. Its detailed reports enable credible and publicly defensible emissions disclosures and the means for Scope 3 reporting of the indirect emissions of a company’s suppliers and others in the upstream and downstream activities in their value chains.
Use EG’s information to go beyond CO2 emissions, to assess the wider range of emissions (including fugitive emissions), energy and mass efficiency, and to facilitate innovations that may save energy and water and yield improved processes, sustainable product designs, and better supply chains. It is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools available to chart pathways to higher efficiencies and lower costs.
The EG database contains high quality, substantially transparent, and engineering-based data files. Its chemical profiles include the entire supply chain mapped back to natural resources in the earth. Product designers can use EG data to quantify the environmental impacts of new chemicals, materials, colors, coatings, etc. to create more efficient and sustainable product designs that have a lower environmental footprint. Our tools meet the fast-paced demands of the product design process.
Samples of Life Cycle Inventory Reports
Applications for the Environmental Genome Database
Manufacturing and Product Design Improvement
- Energy and mass efficiency
- Analysis to facilitate technological innovations for energy and material conservation, improved processes, and sustainable product designs
- Better manufacturing supply chains
- Lower costs due to pollution prevention, reduced water and carbon impacts, and greater efficiencies
- Quantify environmental impacts of new chemicals, materials, colors, coatings, etc. in product designs
- Environmental tools that meet the fast-paced demands of the product design process
- Capture customer benefits in environmental improvements
Compliance, Communications and Company Competitiveness
- Compliance with local, national, and international environmental regulations
- Carbon footprint
- Environmental Product Declarations
- Building certification
- Health, safety, and sustainability claims
- Product comparisons
- Product cost reductions
- Product labeling
- Increase competitiveness through chemical improvements and innovation
- Safety and risk assessments
- Sustainable procurement
- Water footprint
National Competitiveness and Security
- Reduce dependence on foreign supply chains
- Identify undisclosed production of chemical weapons
- Unauthorized production of cyber technology such as stealth coatings
- Measure chemical discharges after natural or manmade accidents and events
- Corporate patent violations
Public Health Information Related to all the Products we Consume
- Estimate the health impacts of exposures to emissions to air, water, and land
- Develop new life science applications
- Research and improvements in the social determinants of health (SDOH) with manufacturing plant data on emissions and disability-adjusted life years (DALY)
- Quantify the environmental pollutant origins affecting nearly one billion people globally with chronic diseases
- Research on ways in which maternal fetal health is impacted by exposure to environmental pollutants
- Quantify environmental disparity
- Estimate fugitive emissions