We believe that footprint data should be freely and publicly available so that everyone can use them to make sustainable decisions. That is why we compiled this list of open access data and tools that can be used to make footprints. If you have any additions or mistakes please let us know at contact@thefootprinters.nl. We wish you happy footprinting!

PRODUCT FOOTPRINT

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Product footprint data can be used to assess the impact of products by making a life cycle assessment (LCA). An LCA provides insight into the impact of a product ranging from material extraction, production, transport, use and end-of-life. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol has open access guidance for performing product footprints.

COMPANY FOOTPRINT

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Company footprint data can be used to assess the impact of companies by making a company greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. This provides insight into the impact of company activities. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol has open access guidance for performing company footprints.

FOOTPRINT TOOLS

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Finally, the footprint tools can help you get started with your analysis.

PRODUCT FOOTPRINT

Name Description Indicator Format Updates License
Idemat Database 8000 substances, materials, processes, and services Carbon footprint, eco-costs, ReCiPe Excel & app updated annually CC-BY-4.0
Datavizta by Boavizta Electronic devices from manufacturers such as DELL, Apple, Lenovo etc. And a tool to calculate server impacts. Carbon footprint Online latest version 2021 unknown
UK Food & Drink emissions factors 1326 food products. Carbon footprint Excel latest version 2022 unknown
Database food by RIVM 250 food products Carbon footprint, acidification, eutrophication, land use and water consumption Excel latest version 2021 CC-BY-4.0
Global Metrics for Sustainable Feed 1511 animal feed ingredients ReCiPe, EF3.1 Excel latest version 2022 Limited (see EULA)
Agribalyse 3000 agricultural products and food products in France Product Environmental Footprint (EF) Excel, Simapro, OpenLCA, Brrightway updated regularly aggregated results freely available, ecoinvent background processes requires a license
ICE Database by Circular Ecology 200 building materials Carbon footprint Excel latest version 2019 unknown
European Product Declaration (EPD) repositories These include mostly building materials. Okobaudat Environdec Institut Bauen und Umwelt Inies EPD Norge EN 15804 Online updated regularly unknown
Life Cycle SDG Assessment by 2.-0 LCA consultants Method for social LCA Quality Adjusted Life Years Excel latest version 2022 CC-BY 4.0
The Big Climate Database Greenhouse gas emissions for 500 food products Carbon footprint Online, excel unknown unknown

COMPANY FOOTPRINT

Name Description Indicator Format Updates License
BEIS (formerly DEFRA) Greenhouse gas reporting emission factors for use by UK and international organisations Carbon footprint Excel Updated annually unknown
CO2 emissiefactoren Greenhouse gas reporting emission factors for The Netherlands Carbon footprint Online, Excel Updated annually unknown
GHG emission factors hub Greenhouse gas reporting emission factors for the US Carbon footprint Excel, PDF Updated annually unknown
The Climate Registry Greenhouse gas reporting emission factors for the US Carbon footprint PDF Updated annually unknown
Exiobase Emissions per euro spend, for many regions. IOT_2019_pxp.zip, impacts/M.txt contains emissions factors per million euro. 129 indicators Online, excel Updated at some frequency. Latest version 2019 CC-BY-SA
EPA Supply chain GHG emission factors Emissions per dollar spend, for the US. Carbon footprint Excel last version 2016 Intended for public acces and use
European Residual Mix Grid emission factors & share renewables for European residual mix Carbon footprint PDF Updated annually unknown
Idemat Global Electricity 350 grid emission factors for countries worldwide Carbon footprint Excel latest version 2021 CC-BY-4.0

FOOTPRINT TOOLS

Name Description Indicator Format Updates License
FootprintCalc Lifecycle footprint calculator for products. Based on the Idemat database, FootprintCalc gives detailed insight into environmental impact. Also allows for calculating design scenario's to easily calculate reduction potential. Carbon footprint, eco-costs Excel Updated annually CC-BY-ND 4.0
GHG protocol Scope 3 evaluator Screening tool for scope 3 (value chain) greenhouse gas emissions Carbon footprint Online unknown unknown
OpenLCA software OpenLCA is an open source and free software for Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment. OpenLCA has some free databases available through nexus.openlca.org Many Software Updated regularly unknown
Greener Company carbon calculator Dutch CO2 calculator and free training for calculating scope 1 en 2 greenhouse gas emissions Carbon footprint Excel unknown unknown
Sustainalize carbon calculator Dutch CO2 calculator for calculating greenhouse gas emissions for scope 1, 2 and scope 3 'flights', 'employee commuting', 'logistics', 'waste' and 'purchased goods and services' emissions Carbon footprint Excel unknown unknown
Hedgehog Company carbon calculator CO2 calculator for calculating greenhouse gas emissions for scope 1, 2 and scope 3 'business travel' and 'employee commuting' emissions Carbon footprint Online unknown unknown
Bioscope This tool by Pré consultants gives an approximation of the biodiversity impact resulting from the commodities purchased or from investments made by businesses and financial institutions. 12 biodiversity indicators Online unknown unknown