The Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) of products or services is an important basic information to support the country’s environmental and commercial work, such as the life-cycle environmental impact assessment, the development of environmentally friendly products, the planning of resource utilization and the making of governmental policy. Realizing these importance, an alliance of 5 institutions, namely, the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) – the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the Ministry of Industry (Department of Industrial Works: DIW), the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) had established “Thai National Life Cycle Inventory Database” as Thailand’s infrastructure data for supporting environmental and trade issues. The life cycle inventory analysis of a product or a service, by using the LCA method, that affects reliable and transparent of the result. The assessment can be properly used for production improvement, supply chain selection, resource and policy planning, decision making, and environmental labels application, such as Carbon Footprint (CF).
The implementation of the Thai National Life Cycle Inventory Database
The aforementioned alliance had created Thailand’s basic materials and energy Life Cycle Database that focuses on three main materials and energy groups, as follows:
The working groups related to the Thai National Life Cycle Inventory Database
In the establishment of the National LCI of a particular product, the data collector or the practitioner is required to understand the target products and the LCA principles. Once the practitioner has set the target and scope of the data collection, a questionnaire will be created for interviewing with the entrepreneurs to obtain the required information. The information received will be converted to compute the average LCI, which is the country’s representative, and then this value will be returned to the TIIS. It is advised that, the practitioner set up a committee that consists of the experts in the LCA and relevant fields of the target products to provide advice on the questionnaires’ scope and comment on the LCI results. If the committee requires any improvement of the data, the practitioner should take corrective actions. Lastly, to ensure that the National LCI is complied with the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards, the practitioner should provide the correct data collection methods with high-quality and transparent information that meet the objectives.
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