USEtox® 2.0 Documentation (Version 1.00)

Peter Fantke (Editor), Marian Bijster, Cécile Guignard, Michael Zwicky Hauschild, Mark Huijbregts, Olivier Jolliet, Anna Kounina, Violaine Magaud, Manuele Margni, Tom E. McKone, Ralph K. Rosenbaum, Dik Van de Meent, Rosalie van Zelm

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    This document represents the official Documentation of USEtox, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) scientific consensus model for characterizing human and ecotoxicological impacts of chemical emissions in life cycle assessment. Main output of USEtox is a database of «recommended» and «indicative» characterization factors for human toxicity and freshwater ecotoxicity, based on modelling of environmental fate, exposure, and effect parameters for the substances. Due to deficiencies in the model or the available substance data, the «indicative» factors are accompanied by a higher uncertainty than the «recommended» factors, which should be considered when applying the factors and interpreting the results.
    USEtox is officially endorsed by the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, and recommended as assessment method by the European Commission (EC) in the Recommendations on the Use of Common Methods to Measure and Communicate the Life Cycle Environmental Performance of Products and Organisations, 2013/179/EU, by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre – Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES) in the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook – Recommendations for Life Cycle Impact Assessment in the European context, EUR 24571 EN, by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in the Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products – A Guideline by the Chemical Sector to Assess and Report on the Environmental Footprint of Products, Based on Life Cycle Assessment, and by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and other Environmental Impacts (TRACI) User's Manual, S-10637-OP-1-0.
    The latest official release version of USEtox is available at
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUSEtox® Team
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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