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Access and use conditions to Base IMPACTS

What are the access conditions to the Base IMPACTS® ?

Access to the Base IMPACTS®  is subject to the acceptance of its General Conditions and of its special conditions “ extended license” in case of use of the calculation tools associated with the Base IMPACTS®  (Bilan PRODUIT®  and other sectorial tools), the provision of the database to a third-party user or the downloading of data from the database.

Access to the Base IMPACTS® with all its functionalities (e.g. Bilan PRODUIT® , Environmental labelling tools) is a free.

How to register?

If you are a member of a company, a public organization, an association, any other professional structures or a private individual:

  • First check if your organization is already listed in the Base IMPACTS®. If not, you must first create it, by entering its full contact details.
  • The second step is to enter your personal information.
  • Once the registration form is successfully completed, you will receive an email containing a link to a web page where you must enter your future password.

 

If you are a student or a school/university teacher (research or teaching):

  • Registration consists of entering your personal information as well as your establishment and its type.
  • If the registration form is successfully completed, you will receive a message containing a link to a web page where you must enter your future password.

How to contact the Base IMPACTS® administration?

Use the contact form available via "Contact Us" at the bottom left of the web page or go to the "Help!".

All questions can be asked :

  • You have questions about licenses or the registration procedure,
  • You have difficulties creating your account or using the Base IMPACTS® site
  • You have questions about inventory datasets or impact categories or damage category,
  • You have questions about the Bilan PRODUIT®,
  • You have questions about sectorial tools

What is Base IMPACTS® ?

Base IMPACTS® is the official generic database of inventory datasets for the French government's environmental labelling initiative dedicated to consumer products and services, excluding mobility and construction products.

It is a complement to the standards developed as part of the "Environmental Labelling Platform" by product category.

Base IMPACTS®‘s inventory datasets are directly characterized as impact indicators and potential environmental damage indicators according to the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) approach, using the characterization methods recommended by the JRC (Joint Research Center, European Commission Research Centre) in the ILCD Handbook (regularly updated).

Base IMPACTS®‘s inventory datasets were either acquired from partners (thinkstep ex- PE International, Cycleco,) or built as part of specific programs (Agri-BALYSE, ICV-TEX, ICV SRP, ACYVIA, etc.).

What are the different components of Base IMPACTS® ?

Base IMPACTS® includes:

  • Inventory datasets characterized by impact indicators and potential environmental damage indicators. Each dataset represents a process or set of processes (energy, transport, industrial, agricultural, end-of-life, etc.).
  • The BILAN PRODUIT® tool, which allows you to model any type of product according to its life cycle, subject to the availability of dataset in the Base IMPACTS® and according to a "free" (open) modeling framework. It can be used, for example, as a first step in an eco-design approach, i.e. to get an idea of the most contributing life cycle stages and processes for a specific product.
  • Sectorial tools allow to model specific products in accordance with the sector-specific standards developed as part of the environmental labelling work, i.e. using a constrained (closed) modeling framework. These tools have been developed with a demonstrator character. The product categories covered are: televisions, shoes and several types of furniture.

Base IMPACTS

Can new dataset be requested to increase the database content?

It is always possible to report datasets that you would like to be made available, for example via the ticket system (http://base-impacts.ademe.fr/personalspace/ticket).

However, ADEME has established objectives and a timetable in terms of database content increase, and not all requests will not be met.

The next planned integrations are listed in the "News" section available on the homepage.

Is it possible for the user to add specific data to the Base IMPACTS® ?

No. User cannot directly add specific data to the Base IMPACTS®.

However, the user can propose new datasets to ADEME by going to the "Help!".

Does Base IMPACTS® provide access to complete life cycle inventories?

Only greenhouse gas (GHG) flows are systematically accessible, but in an aggregated version. For "mode 1" processes, i.e. those acquired by ADEME from database developers, the other flows are not accessible.

For "mode 2" processes, i.e. those co-developed by ADEME, all flows are available, both in an aggregated version (via the Base IMPACTS website) and generally in a disaggregated version (most often on the partners' websites).

What are the differences between Base Carbone® and Base IMPACTS® ?

The existence of the two databases on environmental impacts is first of all historical:

  • The Base Carbone® was developed first, it is the official database for carrying out greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting of an organization.It includes single-criteria data organized into 3 scopes to cover direct and indirect GHG emissions related to an organization.
  • The Base IMPACTS®   is the official database for the French government's environmental labelling programme for consumer products and eco-design.It includes multi-criteria data. Beyond the Climate change impact, it covers air and water pollution, resource depletion, etc.

In fact, there are no fundamental differences between the two databases, beyond the environmental issues covered.

Some of the processes of the Base IMPACTS® have been included in the Base Carbone®; it should be noted that this is only possible in this sense, because the Base Carbone® is single-criteria and does not have the same rules as the Base IMPACTS®.

Why do two databases coexist: Base Carbone® and Base IMPACTS® ?

First of all, it is for historical reasons.

Starting from the Base Carbone® to build the Base IMPACTS®  -which is a multi-criteria database- was not possible within the time frame set at that time, hence the coexistence of 2 databases.

Since then, the choice of unifying the 2 databases has not yet been made, for various reasons, notably internal.... But also, external: we can say that the "weight" of the Base IMPACTS® is less significant than the Base Carbone® because the environmental labelling is not under regulation, unlike GHG accounting. It should also be noted that the Base IMPACTS® follows more rules (ILCD format, homogeneity rules to ensure processes comparison, etc.). The Base Carbone® does not follow these rules, as they are less essential for GHG accounting where comparison is not possible.

What do the abbreviations for process geography indications (such as RER, RAS, etc.) mean?

These are geographical areas: countries, continents. The list of these abbreviations and their meanings is available in the documentation (base-impacts.ademe.fr/documents/Lexiquepays.xls).

What does the classification level of the category indicators mean?

The classification level of the impact or damage category indicators is intended to inform the user of the level of recommendations for the use of characterization methods (LCIA) implemented in the database.

The methods made available in the database are those that have been provided by the JRC (Joint Research Center - Ispra) as being the best methods available at the time of writing the recommendations.

They are classified into 4 levels:

  • I :
    • This is the best available method and has been found to be of satisfactory quality.
    • It can be applied to all types of studies based on life-cycle approaches.
  • II :
    • This is the best available method and the quality of which has been judged satisfactory but needs further improvement.
    • It can be applied to all types of studies based on life-cycle approaches.
    • However, the results of this indicator must be interpreted with caution, particularly in the event of a comparison.
  • III :
    • This is the best method available but should be used with great caution given the high uncertainty and lack of completeness of the method.
    • It should be used with caution in case of comparison. It is therefore recommended to present the results and discuss the comparison with and without this method.
  • Interim :
    • This is the best method available but still immature to be recommended.
    • It must be used with great care and limited to internal studies.
The source document is available via the following link: http://eplca.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/ILCD-Recommendation-of-methods-for-LCIA-def.pdf

Bilan PRODUIT

I am a teacher, and I would like to use Bilan PRODUIT® with my students as part of a class. How to proceed?

To use Bilan PRODUIT® with students in a class, you just need to create a single dedicated account for the whole class (specifying the teacher's first and last name and a valid e-mail address), and to transmit the e-mail address and password used to the students who can then log in at the same time to the same account.

Is there a Bilan PRODUIT® version available for download (off line use)?

The only official version of Bilan PRODUIT® is the one available online. 

Can we continue to use the previous version of Bilan PRODUIT® ?

The Excel version previously developed in partnership with the University of Cergy-Pontoise is no longer maintained. The contained data is obsolete (both inventory datasets and impact characterization methods). The license covering its use is outdated and should no longer be used.

Can we request new datasets to enhance the database associated with the Bilan PRODUIT® tool?

It is always possible to report datasets that you would like to be made available, for example via the ticket system (http://base-impacts.ademe.fr/personalspace/ticket).

However, ADEME has established objectives and a timetable in terms of database content increase, and not all requests will not be met.

The next planned integrations are listed in the "News" section available on the homepage.

Can the models built in the Bilan PRODUIT® tool (or a sectorial tool) be seen by other users?

The models built in the BILAN PRODUIT® tool (or in the sectorial tools) cannot be seen by any other user.

If you wish to share your models, simply send the.xml file that you have saved in BILAN PRODUIT®

 

What type of product can be modeled with Bilan PRODUIT® ?

Any type of manufactured product can be modelled with Bilan PRODUIT®, within the limits of the datasets available in the Base IMPACTS®database.

I can't find the inventory dataset I'm looking for in Bilan PRODUIT® . What can be done?

Use the contact form available via "Contact Us" at the bottom left of the web page or go to the "Help! 

I have problems displaying the results tabs. What can be done?

Use the contact form available via "Contact Us" at the bottom left of the web page or go to the "Help!" 

What is the purpose of Bilan PRODUIT®? Can it be used for eco-design?

Yes, the BILAN PRODUIT® tool can be used to support eco-design process of a product. The limitations of using this tool for eco-design are (i) the availability of inventory datasets, (ii) the level of aggregation of these datasets and (iii) the user's level of knowledge of the Life Cycle Assessment methodology. At this stage, there are only a few analysis functions available in the tool. 

Are there any examples of modelling available in Bilan PRODUIT® ?

Modeling examples will be made available in the first quarter of 2022.

How can I use Bilan PRODUIT® tool?

To start using the BILAN PRODUIT® tool, connect to the Base IMPACTS® portal and go to the "Eco-design" section.
Enter the general information about the system you want to model (product, service, etc.).
Then enter the information for each stage of the life cycle: 
  1. Manufacturing 
    Enter the information relating to the product nomenclature (materials, quantities, implementation process)
  2. Distribution 
    Enter the transport and packaging information used to make the product available to consumers
  3. Use
    Enter the information relating to the consumption required to use the product (energy, water, consumables, etc.)
  4. End of life 
    Enter information about the product end of life (after use by consumer)
You can also watch a tutorial video.

How can I save and share an analysis carried out under the Bilan PRODUIT® ?

In the "General" tab of the tool, click on the "Save evaluation in a file" button at the bottom left to save the analysis.

Specify a backup location for the “.xml” file created by the tool.

This file can be reopened into the BILAN PRODUIT® tool with the function "Load evaluation from a file" (first button on the right side of the screen). All you have to do is to find the saved “.xml” file on your computer or the network.

An export of results in an Excel spreadsheet will be made available in the first half of 2022.

I added a process in my Bilan PRODUIT® model but the mass has not changed. How is it possible?

To carry out the mass balance, the BILAN PRODUIT® tool sums the mass of material-type processes among those entered in the nomenclature.

It is possible that the process you have chosen is a transforming energy or transport processes... therefore it is normal that it does not carry a mass in the mass balance of the modeling you have performed.

How is the result tab organized?

The results tab is organized into 3 sections:

  1. Choice of indicators of impact or damage categories to which you wish to have access

Results will be obtained for the selected indicators, and reported to the functional unit

2. Results obtained for each indicator of selected categories

The results are available by life cycle stage and subpart of the product modeled for each of the selected indicator either:

  • in graphs (percentage and gross value)

By clicking on the color bar, it is possible to access the most contributing process within the stage or subpart of the life cycle

  • in tables (percentage or gross value)
Be careful, the update of the results is not automatic. The calculations must be started via the "Launch impact calculation" button.

Is it possible to compare different evaluations?

The comparison of two evaluations is currently not possible. It will be possible in the first half of 2022 when an Excel export of the results will be made available.

Is it possible to calculate a single score?

To date, the BILAN PRODUIT® tool does not offer a method for aggregating the various environmental issues in order to obtain a single score. 

Sectorial Tools

What are the available environmental labelling tools?

3 product categories are covered by the environmental labelling tools:

  • Electrical and electronic equipment: Television
  • Textiles and clothing: Footwear
  • Furniture products: Kitchen, Bathroom, Cupboard front, Mattress, Storage, Seat, Box, Box spring, Bed structure, Table

Why and by whom were the environmental display tools developed?

The environmental labelling tools were developed by:

  • ADEME for the electrical & electronic equipment, textiles and clothing
  • The FCBA and ADEME for furniture products.

An "expert" version of these tools is available from the FCBA under the name of "Eco-meuble", based on the same calculation engine.

“Eco-meuble” is the tool used by French furniture manufacturers or distributors to test environmental labelling in stores and on the Internet as part of the ADEME and Ministry of Energy and Solidarity Transition (Commissariat Général au Développement Durable MTES/CGDD) environmental labelling pre-implementation programme.