barge production, UPR, ecoinvent 3.6, Undefined

ISIC4 categories:
C:Manufacturing/30:Manufacture of other transport equipment/301:Building of ships and boats/3011:Building of ships and floating structures
RER - Europe
Reference year: 1993 - 2000

Location: RER - Europe
The dataset represents the manufacturing and disposal of one barge with an average total capacity of 1000 t/vessel.
[The full documentation of this dataset was originally provided in the corresponding ecoinvent report from the Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories, which is accessible for free to guests and users of ecoinvent version 2 ( The dataset may subsequently have been subjected to central changes to the database, as described in the respective change report for each new release.]
Undefined unit processes (UPRs) are the unlinked, multi-product activity datasets that form the basis for all of the system models available in the ecoinvent database. This is the way the datasets are obtained and entered into the database by the data providers. These activity datasets are useful for investigating the environmental impacts of a specific activity (gate-to-gate), without regard to its upstream or downstream impacts.


The data is derived from an assessment of one barge, with a load capacity of 2800t Bialonski (1990; Engelkamp (1993) as quoted in Maibach et al. (1999). This data was adjusted to model a barge, representing the current average total capacity for a barge (1000 t/vessel). For manufacturing, electricity and heavy oil burned in industrial furnace are included. Energy consumption in manufacturing was estimated as 50% of the cumulative energy of the used materials. The split of energies is 10% electricity and 90% heavy fuel oil Frischknecht et al. (1996). In this project waste treatment processes for non metal components of vessels are accounted for. For inland waterways vessels we assume that they are painted 10 times in their entire life span.
Bialonski W. (1990) Spezifischer Energieeinsatz im Verkehr – Ermittlung und Vergleich der spezifischen Energieverbräuche. Forschungsbericht FE Nr. 90 247/88, im Auftrag des Bundesministers für Verkehr (ausgeführt am Verkehrswissenschaftlichen Institut der Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule Aachen), Bonn
Engelkamp P. (1993) Stellungnahme des Europäischen Entwicklungszent-rums für die Binnenschifffahrt e.V. Duisburg zum Fragenkatalog für die öffentliche Anhörung der Enquete Komission " Schutz des Menschen und der Umwelt". Enquete Komission zum Thema "Mobilität - Darstellung, Bewertung und Optimierung von Stoffströmen., Bonn
Maibach M., Peter D. and Seiler B. (1999) Ökoinventar Transporte: Grundlagen für den ökologischen Vergleich von Transportsystemen und den Einbezug von Transportsystemen in Ökobilanzen. Technischer Schlussbericht. In: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (ed. SPP Umwelt M.). 2nd Edition. INFRAS, Zürich
Frischknecht R., Bollens U., Bosshart S., Ciot M., Ciseri L., Doka G., Dones R., Gantner U. and Hischier R. (1996) Ökoinventare von Energie-systemen: Grundlagen für den ökologischen Vergleich von Energiesyste-men und den Einbezug von Energiesystemen in Ökobilanzen für die Schweiz. Auflage No. 3. Gruppe Energie - Stoffe - Umwelt (ESU), Eid-genössische Technische Hochschule Zuerich und Sektion Ganzheitliche Systemanalysen, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Bundesamt für Energie (Hrsg.), Bern

Process type
Supported nomenclature
ecoinvent 3.6
LCI modeling approach
Before modeling
Multifunctional modeling
Aggregation type
Data provider
Review status
For sale

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