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We are happy to introduce SimaPro 9.0! The latest version of SimaPro comes with an updated database system for increased speed and stability. We also included ecoinvent 3.5 plus the latest methods.

By Michiel Oele, SimaPro Product Specialist at PRé Sustainability

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The main feature of SimaPro 9.0 release is the new database system which speeds up the loading of data and brings more stability. This update was needed to support the continuous increase in data in ecoinvent and other libraries. SimaPro databases are automatically converted when you open your database with the new SimaPro 9.0 (a backup copy is made as you cannot open the converted database with SimaPro 8).  We also include a number of smaller improvements and bug fixes in the software, including a fix for recent issues loading Excel spreadsheets.

Database changes

New and updated data in Ecoinvent 3.5

Below some highlights of the new and updated data in ecoinvent.

  • Aquaculture and fish capture

Datasets on aquaculture and fish capture are published in ecoinvent. Data related to anchovy, hake and tuna capture as well as trout and tilapia aquaculture were added. Fish processing activities, such as canning, curing and freezing are also included.

  • Pulp and board production

The European sulfate pulp and corrugated board supply chains have been updated with the latest data from the respective industry associations.

  • Aluminium

The update of the aluminium supply chain features the latest data provided by the International Aluminium Institute. New regional datasets for some activities provide an even higher resolution and more transparency in this sector.

  • Waste treatment

The expansion of the waste sector offers 150 new disposal activities, including unsanitary landfill, open burning and open dumping. Additionally, 500 new country-specific disposal mixes are made available for 37 European countries plus Brazil, Colombia, Peru, India and South Africa.

  • Hard coal

Version 3.5 now covers more than 95% of the global hard coal supply chains, showing global trade flows and regional hard coal mixes. New data on coal mining in India and South Africa include different types of mines. Key emissions from mines were updated for all geographies.

  • Continuously updated electricity sector

Version 3.5 covers close to 100% of (statistically represented) global electricity generation, in 142 countries. Current and future electricity mixes are available on a country or even region-specific level. New data on concentrated solar power from parabolic trough and solar towers was added.

You can find more information regarding the changes in ecoinvent 3.5 and how it has been implemented in SimaPro 9.0 in our webinar recording.


Changes in Industry data library

Several new processes were added to the industry data library, from two data sources. Worldsteel submitted corrections to PAH flow across several datasets.


New and updated impact assessment methods

This release includes four new methods: EF method (adapted), EPD (2018), Environmental Prices and Cumulative Energy Demand (LHV)). ReCipe was substantially updated with normalisation and weighting data. Corrective updates were made in Cumulative Energy Demand and AWARE methods. Below is an overview of the most recent changes, for more information, please refer to the methods manual.

New methods

  • EF method

EF method is the impact assessment method of Environmental Footprint (EF), the initiative of the European Commission. The method includes characterization, normalization and weighting. The implementation is based on EF method version 2.0.

The method was developed to be used with EF-compliant datasets, which use the nomenclature of the ILCDflow list. In order to make it compatible with other datasets provided in SimaPro, we aligned the flow names with SimaPro nomenclature and removed flows not used by SimaPro libraries, such as regionalized land use flows.

  • EPD 2018

This method is an update of EPD (2013), covering the changes introduced to the method in 2018. These are a change of the characterization factors for photochemical oxidant formation (used to be based on CML-IA, now ReCiPe 2008) and the inclusion of Water scarcity (based on AWARE).

  • Environmental Prices

Environmental Prices is a monetarization method developed by Dutch consultancy CE Delft. The monetarization is based on midpoint-level environmental prices, meaning that the values of environmental themes (impact categories) are used as weighting set.  Weighting sets for Europe and the Netherlands are included. The characterization step is based on ReCiPe 2008 Midpoint (H) method.

  • Cumulative Energy Demand (LHV)

This method is a variation of Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) method, calculating Lower Heating Values (LHV).  The default CED method calculates Higher Heating Values (HHV).

Updated methods

  • Cumulative Energy Demand

Characterization factors of 6 flows were modified. Originally, these flows come from ILCD, which reports lower heating value, and needed conversion to higher heating value.

  • ReCiPe 2016

The most relevant updates are: implementation of a regionalized water consumption category (in endpoint version), and inclusion of normalization (endpoint and midpoint) and weighting sets (endpoint).

It is important to mention that method developers published only normalization factors and weighting factors from ReCiPe 2008 were implemented by PRé to allow calculation of single score results.


We added characterisation factors for missing geographies (NORDEL, UCTE, UCTE without Germany, WEU) and any new water flows. All characterisation factors were also adapted to include four significant digits.



Who can update to a SimaPro 9.0?

Everyone with a valid service contract from November 30, 2018, onwards. You should get your update notification by email soon.

How to update?

Before you update your software to SimaPro 9.0, we recommend that you first carry out a database check using your current SimaPro 8 installation. This will avoid you converting a potentially corrupt database to SimaPro 9 which can make it harder to repair.

For all recommendations and step-by-step instructions, please refer to the update manuals available at the SimaPro Help Center. These update manuals also include the relevant download links.


What’s next?

In the future, we expect to release special interest databases and methods, among them the Exiobase Input-Output database and the LANCA impact assessment method for land use. Here is a sneak-peak of what users can expect soon on the data front:

  • EF database, which will include all secondary EF-compliant datasets and EF impact assessment method
  • Exiobase 3, an input/output database with global coverage
  • Updated Social Hotspots database
  • Update of AGRIBALYSE