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Launch of IMPACT World+
Date:5/21/2012

rldwide regionalized impact assessment method that accounts for local conditions and covers the entire planet. It implements state-of-the art impact modeling approaches developed as a major joint update to existing LCIA methods, including IMPACT 2002+ (Europe), EDIP (Scandinavia) and LUCAS (Canada).

"The IMPACT World+ team is very pleased to have contributed to the development of this novel methodology that extends beyond current regional modeling capabilities to the global level. IMPACT World+ is a further step towards improved transparency and reliability," said Ccile Bulle, who leads the IMPACT World+ team.

Among its most important innovations, IMPACT World+ allows for the regionalized assessment of any geo-referenced emission/resource use and considers the uncertainty and spatial variability related to an unknown emission location by associating the corresponding geographic variability to each modeled impact score at a given geographical scale. IMPACT World+ has also led to major developments in the characterization modeling of human and ecosystem toxicity, acidification, water use, land use and eutrophication as well as multiple improvements in other impact categories.

When making an LCA-based decision, IMPACT World+ ensures that local issues all over the globe are considered in an environmental impact profile of a product or service assessed by the best scientific knowledge and approaches available. It is also the first LCIA method to quantify the certainty of a decision by determining, for example, that product A has an 85% probability of generating fewer impacts than product B.


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