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USLCI Release Downloads

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This page contains dowloads for the US Life Cycle Inventory Database (USLCI) release downloads in various data formats. It is intended to support the USLCI data submission process. The USLCI is updated quarterly based on the U.S. Federal Government Fiscal Calendar.

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For video guidance on accessing, navigating, versioning, using, and submitting data to the USLCI Database (and more), please see the USLCI Quick Help Video Series on NREL's Learning YouTube channel.
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The USLCI Database repository and individual datasets are available on the Federal LCA Commons Collaboration Server by selecting the National_Renewable_Energy_Laboratory/USLCI Group, clicking the "Download" button to the right of any element, and selecting the desired format (JSON-LD recommended).

STEP 1: Navigate to the Federal LCA Commons Landing Page and select "Browse Repositories" to enter the Commons.

STEP 1: Federal LCA Commons Landing Page


STEP 2: Once you have entered the Commons, you will see groups on the right and datasets in the left panel. Select from which group and which repository you wish to download. The USLCI is under the National_Renewable_Energy_Laboratory/USLCI Group.

STEP 2: Federal LCA Commons Collaboration Server -- Groups & Repositories


STEP 3: Selecting the "Download" button to the right of any dataset brings up a pull-down menu allowing you to download either the individual dataset or the entire selected repository in the desired format (options are JSON-LD or ILCD).


STEP 3: Downloading Datasets & Repositories


USLCI Versions - Files Table

Table 1 below also contains download links for current and past USLCI quarter release versions in four data formats:

  • JSON-LD
  • openLCA .zolca
  • ecoSpold2
  • ILCD

For many users, the JSON-LD (zipped) formats will be the most useful since they are subject to little or no metadata loss when imported into openLCA. The other formats are subject to data loss in certain use cases. For example, using ILCD format of the USLCI will result in the loss of comments associated with individual exchanges. EcoSpold file formats only contain processes so flows, indicators, & background data are excluded. Details on the file formats supported in openLCA are in the openLCA Version 1.10 User Manual.

Downloads are available starting with USLCI release FY17.Q4.02 and include the current quarter release available on the Federal LCA Commons Collaboration Server.

Select the desired format type:

  • Since 2019.Q3, the JSON-LD and ILCD files are larger in size and you will be re-directed to a Box link to download
  • For all others, select "View Raw" to download the file on the subsequent GitHub screen
  • For ecoSpold2, only "Processes" export from openLCA so the file size is smaller

Table 1. USLCI release downloads

Release openLCA version openLCA JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY22.Q4.01 v1.10.3 zolca JSON-LD [ecoSpold2] [ILCD]
FY22.Q3.01 v1.10.3 zolca [JSON-LD] [ecoSpold2] [ILCD]
FY22.Q2.01 v1.10.3 zolca [JSON-LD] [ecoSpold2] [ILCD]
FY21.Q3.01 v1.10.3 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY21.Q1.01 v1.10.3 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY20.Q4.01 v1.10.3 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY20.Q3.02 v1.10.3 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY20.Q3.01 v1.10.3 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY20.Q2.01 v1.10.1 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY20.Q1.01 v1.10.1 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY19.Q4.02 v1.10.1 zolca JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY19.Q4.01 v1.10.0 no .zolca files this quarter JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY19.Q3.01 v1.9.0 no .zolca files this quarter JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY19.Q2.01 v1.8.0 no .zolca files this quarter JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY18.Q3.01 v1.7.2 .zolca files discontinued 10/2018 JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY18.Q2.01 v1.7.2 openLCA JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY18.Q1.01 v1.5.0 openLCA JSON-LD ecoSpold2 ILCD
FY17.Q4.02 v1.5.0 openLCA -- ecoSpold2 ILCD





USLCI Database Citation

NOTE: If you need to cite the USLCI Database, use the following format:

"U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database." (RELEASE YEAR). National Renewable Energy Laboratory, RELEASE YEAR_QUARTER_VERSION. Accessed [Month Day, YEAR]: https://www.lcacommons.gov/nrel/search




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