Fast Track LCA calculations on carbon footprint and/or eco-costs, making use of the Idemat look-up tables, are quite simple to use for everybody who has some experience in excel. The way such a calculation can be structured is explained in the Innomat course. Although this approach in excel offers a maximum of flexibility and transparency (students do not like “black box tools” with advanced databases, that are not fully transparent). Students like to have a “tool” that combines quick results (i.e. quick graphical presentations of data), excel transparency, and a maximum of flexibility.
Such an excel tool has been designed by Jeremy Faludi of the Delft University of Technology, to be applied in design electives and workshops, where maximum result is to be achieved in a minimum of time.
Another tool has been developed by The Footprinters for designers that want to select the best design option, see Footprintcalc.
The first tool is presented here for a simplified case (a Volvo C40 Recharge electrical car), which can easily be changed by replacing the Bulk of Materials and the required energy, with easy links to the Idemat datasheet.
The step by step instruction Guide shows how to get started, by deleting the links, and building a new spreadsheet for the Volvo C40 Recharge (or, if you want another case).