What do I need to use the GaBi Packaging Calculator?
All you need is information about the materials and processes you use, access to the Internet and a valid subscription license from thinkstep. No need to install any software!
What does a GaBi Packaging Calculator subscription include?
- Access to an easy-to-use web-based configuration tool
- 58 possible input parameters for materials and manufacturing processes that play a role in the production of packaging
- Annual updates
What data does the GaBi Packaging Calculator use?
All the calculations and comparisons you make with the GaBi Packaging Calculator are based on information about materials and processes, types of energy and transportation routes that are relevant to the design of packaging. They come from the GaBi databases from thinkstep. This gives you the assurance of working with the most reliable and up-to-date data on the market! GaBi databases contain the know-how of over 25 years of sector experience. Our Life Cycle Assessment experts are in constant contact with the industry and related associations to ensure that your data is always up to date and that your results are accurate and meaningful.
Our clients receive annual GaBi database updates. This service is unique in the market! New insights and technologies are incorporated into the database for different industries and regions as they arise.
A typical example of what our data experts for packaging do:
How much energy is needed to produce 1 kg of PET in China and what impact on the environment is involved? To answer this, it is necessary to know how PET is produced, what resources are used, how and with what energetic effort/resources are processed, what waste products are produced and what happens to them. Additionally, we need to know the electricity mix in China is, how individual materials are transported and what happens in the end-of-life phase of PET.
All this and much more is contained in every single dataset of the GaBi Packaging Calculator, for every material and manufacturing process!
Simple to use drop-down selection of materials, manufacturing processes and regions.
The GaBi Packaging Calculator contains the following data:
- 42 datasets for specific materials (e.g., plastics, bioplastics, laminates, paper, cotton, etc.)
- 16 datasets for manufacturing processes (e.g., injection molding)
- 4 different modes of transport (air, sea, road and rail)
- 7 regions (EU, USA, China, Japan, South America, Australia, India))
Only on the basis of consistent and verifiable data can you make informed statements about the possible environmental effects of your packaging processes, such as in relationship to the greenhouse effect, ozone hole formation, acidification of the soil, etc.
How do I use the GaBi Packaging Calculator?
The GaBi Packaging Calculator offers you an easy-to-use web interface. You only have to fill in the appropriate parameters.
Simply select the materials, manufacturing processes and transport routes that correspond to the current processes in the production of your packaging, and enter your values in the fields provided for each parameter.
The GaBi Packaging Calculator provides you with the results for your LCA and your MCI at the touch of a button. The corresponding report (i-report) is also available with one click, for example for download as a PDF file.
Further details are found in the product description and in our manual. You will receive these documents with your order of the GaBi Packaging Calculator.
Download the webinar material for "Calculate your Packaging into the Sustainable Future!".
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