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TRACIv2.1 for FEDEFLv1
TRACIv2.1 (Bare 2012) is a life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) method. LCIA methods are collections of characterization factors, which are measures of relative potency or potential impact, for a given flow (e.g., NH3 to air) for a set of impact categories (e.g., acidification), provided in units of potency or impact equivalents per unit mass of the flowable associated with a given context (e.g., 1.88 kg SO2 eq/kg NH3 emitted to air). LCIA methods are typically used along with life cycle inventory data to estimate potential impacts in life cycle assessment (LCA). The FEDEFL or Federal LCA Commons Elementary Flow List (EPA 2019) is the standardized elementary flow list for use with data meeting the US Federal LCA Commons data guidelines. In this dataset, TRACv2.1 is applied to FEDEFL v1.0.7 flows. This dataset was created by the LCIA Formatter v1.0 (
). The LCIA Formatter is a tool for providing standardized life cycle impact assessment methods with characterization factors transparently applied to flows from an authoritative flow list, like the FEDEFL. The LCIA Formatter draws from the original TRACIv2.1 source file and the TRACI->FEDEFL flow mapping. The LCIA formatter accesses this mapping file through the fedelemflowlist tool available @
. This mapping file and a note about the mapping are provided separately. Where a flow context is less specific in the FEDEFL (e.g., air) relative to the TRACIv2.1 flow contexts (e.g., air/rural), the LCIA Formatter applies the average of the relevant characterization factors from TRACIv2.1 to the FEDEFL flow. The zip file is a compressed archive of JSON files following the openLCA schema at
. Usage Notes for zip file: This file was tested to correctly import into an openLCA v1.10 database already containing flows from the FEDEFL v1.0.7. It will provide matching characterization factors for any FEDEFL v1.0 to 1.0.7 elementary flow already present in the database. This file itself does not contain the elementary flows. The complete FEDEFL v1.0.7 flow list may be retrieved from the Federal LCA Commons elementary flow list repository @
The .parquet file is in the LCIA Formatter's LCIAmethod format.
Usage notes for parquet file: The .parquet file can be read in by any Apache parquet reader. References Bare, J. C. 2012. Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts (TRACI), Version 2.1 - User’s Manual
EPA 2019. The Federal LCA Commons Elementary Flow List: Background, Approach, Description and Recommendations for Use.
U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD)
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