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45Q - Frequently Asked Questions

This page will be updated with answers to questions from the 45Q LCA community.

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1. What is the preferred data format for submitted life cycle models?

For any of the LCA software, we want to ensure that we’re able to review the models exactly as the applicant or third-party analysts have constructed and used them for LCA results. To this end, an entire database export is preferred, as that reduces the chances for missing data or processing steps required by NETL. For example if the LCA model is prepared in openLCA, we would prefer the model be submitted as a database backup (i.e., a .zolca file). Some other examples are: sphere GaBi - .gcd and SimaPro .SPBackup