Data Quality Assessment in LCA
Pre-Conference Workshop: Data Quality Assessment in LCA (2 CEUs)
Ashley Edelen and Wes Ingwersen
September 26, 2016, 10:30AM - Noon at the Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC.
Workshop Description: This course will provide practitioners with a general background on applying data quality indicators to life cycle inventory data and to present new guidance in data quality assessment recently finalized by the US EPA LCA Research Center. All aspects of data quality as described in ISO 14044 will be described and discussed. Students will then learn about the application of a pedigree matrix approach to data quality scoring, using the updated pedigree matrix and scoring criteria published by USEPA. A practical application of the pedigree matrix to a sample dataset will be presented. The course instructors will also present new functionality for data quality assessment in openLCA software. New functionality presented will include entry of data quality scores for a unit process and interpretation of data quality scores in the analysis results of an example LCA model. The course is expected to be valuable both to those unfamiliar with data quality in the LCA context as well as experienced LCA practitioners looking to become familiar with the latest advances in data quality assessment and application in an LCA software.