We are pleased to announce the release of the second generation of the CCaLC carbon footprinting tool. This second-generation tool, CCaLC2 for Windows, marks a substantial shift in the CCaLC development away from dependency on Microsoft Excel to become a stand-alone desktop application in its own right. This new release includes all the functionality of the last CCaLC tool, version 3.3, but the move away from Excel has enabled a number of improvements as detailed below.
|Benefits of CCaLC2 for Windows:
- Faster and more responsive
Calculations are performed quicker, databases are accessed quicker and the user interface responds faster to user actions.
- More intuitive
With more control over the user interface, CCaLC2 provides increased functionality while being more intuitive to use. For example, clicking on a raw material, energy or waste item in an overview table now enables one-click editing or deletion of that item from your analysis.
- New and updated databases
CCaLC2 includes approximately 300 new datasets from Ecoinvent 3 as well as updated data from Ecoinvent 2 for other environmental impacts (acidification, eutrophication, ozone layer depletion, photochemical (summer) smog and human toxicity).
- Improved sharing
Your CCaLC2 analyses are now saved as independent and relatively small files that can be easily copied, pasted, moved, shared with colleagues and opened on other PCs with CCaLC2 installed - just like you would any other Windows file. They can even be password protected for added security.
- Always up to date
CCaLC2 automatically checks for updates and prompts the user when an updated version is available for download.
- Future proofed
With the size of the databases and complexity of the calculations being performed CCaLC was pushing the limits of Excel. Rebuilt from scratch and unbound by the limitations of Excel it will now be easier to add extra functionality to future versions of CCaLC2. Watch this space!
You can download CCaLC2 for Windows now, free of charge, here.
In addition to the latest second-generation CCaLC2 tool, the most recent versions of the CCaLC family of tools (Excel based) are still available to download, all of which are free of charge:
- CCaLC PVC V2.0
- CCaLC BIOCHEM V3.0
- CCaLC Optimiser V2.0 (demo version)
The CCaLC tools enable quick and easy estimations of the carbon footprints. They provide powerful means for reducing and managing carbon footprints of products, processes or supply chains.
All the tools follow the internationally accepted life cycle methodology as defined by ISO 14044 and PAS2050. They are simple to use by non-experts and all come with comprehensive databases, including the ecoinvent database.
- CCaLC is suitable for any type of products, process, technology or service.
- CCaLC PVC is tailored for the PVC sector.
- CCaLC BIOCHEM is aimed for applications in the bio-based sector.
- CCaLC Optimiser uses powerful optimisation techniques to reduce carbon footprints at minimum costs and can be linked with any of the other CCaLC tools.
|Features of CCaLC tools:
- Carbon footprinting
The CCaLC2 tool enables calculations of carbon footprints from 'cradle to gate' (business to business) or 'cradle to grave' (business to consumer). It also helps to identify carbon 'hot spots' and carbon reduction opportunities.
- Water footprinting
In addition to carbon footprints, CCaLC2 also incorporates water footprint calculations to take into account water scarcity in different countries.
- Other environmental impacts
CCaLC2 also calculates other environmental impacts to show how they may be affected by any changes in the carbon footprint. These include acidification, eutrophication, ozone layer depletion, photochemical (summer) smog and human toxicity.
- Economic impacts
CCaLC2 enables estimation of economic value added, to show the trade-offs between 'carbon added' and 'value added'. The cost of reducing carbon footprints can also be estimated.
- Optimisation of carbon footprints
CCaLC Optimiser enables identification of optimum low-carbon options at minimum costs.
Over 6000 data items are available in CCaLC2, including data for materials, energy, transportation, packaging and waste. The data can be sourced from either the CCaLC or Ecoinvent databases.
CCaLC database: This database contains over 2000 data from open literature.
Ecoinvent database: This database contains over 4000 data items from the commercial provider Ecoinvent.
In the past decade, Ecoinvent has established itself as a global leader in creating a comprehensive and transparent life cycle inventory database. Its database helps companies to produce environmentally more sustainable products, guides policy makers in implementing new policies and informs consumers on how to adopt environmentally more sustainable behaviour.
- Case studies
Over 50 case studies are included within CCaLC2, each of which can be modified to suit the specific needs of the user. The case studies span the biofeedstock, biofuel, chemical, food & drinks and packaging sectors.
The latest version of the CCaLC2 for Windows carbon footprinting tool can be downloaded for free here.
The latest version of the CCaLC carbon footprinting tool (Excel based) can be downloaded for free here.
The latest version of the CCaLC PVC carbon footprinting tool (Excel based) can be downloaded for free here.
The latest version of the CCaLC BIOCHEM carbon footprinting tool (Excel based) can be downloaded for free here.
A demo version of the CCaLC Optimisation tool (Excel based) can be downloaded for free here.
|CCaLC2 for Windows
New generation of the carbon footprinting tool CCalC2 for Windows, available to download for free now.
|CCaLC PVC Tool
New version of the CCaLC PVC carbon footprinting tool (V2.0) available to download for free now.
|CCaLC BIOCHEM Tool
New version of the CCaLC BIOCHEM carbon footprinting tool (V3.0) available to download for free now.