Product updates – Q4 2020


  • LCA projects can now add a processing stage at the hub and easily include pre-defined processing steps before the product moves downstream. Processing steps currently cover food processing (75 unit processes) and yarn/fabric/garment production (21 unit processes)
  • GHG inventory projects can automatically upload hybrid activity data from a spreadsheet, covering: fuel and electricity use, purchased goods and services, waste management, freight transport, warehousing, energy used in processing and use phase, and employee travel/commuting.


  • The custom farm-level LCA engine has been updated with soil emissions/sequestration parameters from the IPCC 2019 refinement to the 2006 guidelines.
  • Food processing data has been updated and expanded (75 unit processes).


  • CarbonScopeData API for climate/carbon app developers: This is a RESTful web service that provides access to both process LCI and environmentally extended input-output LCI data.

Process LCI data

  • Electricity emission factors for ALL countries, except the US, have been updated using the latest electricity statistics from the IEA. US emission factors continue to be based on the latest eGRID data.
  • Cradle-to-gate LCI data for 80 different plastics and related chemicals has been updated using the latest eco-profiles from PlasticsEurope.
  • Unit process data for yarn, fabric and garment production has been added to the database. There are 21 unit processes in this category with the ability to distinguish energy use in yarn and fabric production based on the type of input fiber.
  • Unit process data for food processing has been updated and enhanced and now totals 75 unit processes covering a wide range of processing and cooking steps.
  • All of the cradle-to-gate data for food/agricultural products has been regenerated using updated electricity emissions and the IPCC 2019 refinement to the 2006 guidelines.

Environmentally extended input-output LCI data

API for climate/carbon app developers

As app developers, our primary focus at CleanMetrics has been on tools and apps that businesses and organizations can use to quantify, track and reduce their climate impacts.

We have been increasingly hearing from other app developers looking to integrate a life-cycle inventory (LCI) database with their consumer-facing apps. These apps typically let consumers track their personal carbon emissions from purchases and other activities. The idea is to help consumers become climate-savvy in their purchasing decisions and/or make it easy for them to offset their emissions.

We are now releasing an API to our LCI database, CarbonScopeData, to address the lack of high-quality carbon emissions data that plagues many consumer-facing apps. We want to help improve the quality of climate and carbon apps across board, and thereby empower consumers to take decisive action to slow climate change.

The CarbonScopeData API is a RESTful web service that provides access to both process LCI and environmentally extended input-output LCI data.

The process LCI dataset contains over 1400 materials, products and processes, including the largest commercially available LCI database for North American food production and processing. The input-output LCI dataset uses data on economic transactions between industry sectors to provide life-cycle data for 385 US goods and services covering the entire US economy.

The database provides three key life cycle metrics: greenhouse gas emissions (embodied carbon), primary energy use (embodied energy) and water use (embodied/virtual water).

As usual, our pricing structure is designed to reduce barriers and make emissions accounting as widespread as possible. We require an annual subscription and purchase of API accesses sold in blocks of 50,000/100,000/500,000 accesses.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

CarbonScope available now

When we launched CleanMetrics 2.0 at the beginning of 2020, we started with a vision. It has been clear that businesses of all sizes can do a lot to address climate change. But before they can cut their emissions, they need to know where they stand without spending a ton of money and time. In the brave new world of low emissions, carbon modeling and emissions accounting should be fast, easy and inexpensive.

This was the motivation for kicking off an intense period of software development and road testing. We are finally at a point where our new flagship carbon modeling tool, CarbonScope, is ready for users.

As we architected this web app, we recognized that the same life-cycle framework would serve two common, but often distinct, carbon modeling applications equally well: corporate greenhouse gas inventory analyses and product life-cycle assessments. So CarbonScope does both, using a shared life-cycle inventory database and a shared modeling paradigm. The design is simple and minimalistic, and the functionality is easy to use and intuitive.

CarbonScope comes packaged with an hour of training videos designed to get new users off to a fast start. Annual subscriptions start at just $300 for commercial use. Check out our pricing page for consultant, teaching/research and student subscriptions.

As always, email us at with questions, comments or feedback.

Our new pricing structure

In a recent Medium post, we made this statement: “If we are going to bend the emissions curve, emissions accounting must become as commonplace as financial accounting.” This will be essential if we are going to have any chance of holding the warming to 1.5°C or even 2°C.  We also made the case that the two major obstacles to doing this on a large scale across the economy are cost and time.

We have been working since the beginning of this year on new carbon modeling and emissions accounting solutions designed to break through these two barriers. We are now getting ready to release our new carbon modeling tool, CarbonScope, on a subscription basis and our service offerings built around our software tools.

We are excited to announce our new pricing structure designed to make emissions accounting affordable for most companies and organizations. For companies that are interested in doing their own GHG inventories and product LCAs/product carbon footprints, an annual CarbonScope subscription starts at just $300. This should be sufficient for most companies, but heavier users can purchase additional credits as they go.

For companies that would rather have an expert do the analysis, our consulting prices start at just $1500 per project. We have tried to leverage our software and automation to keep our costs to a minimum. We are also prepared to help customers transition from consulting services to direct use of our tools, using the carbon models developed in consulting projects as a starting point.

We want to share and collaborate where we can. We have made our tools super affordable for professors, researchers and students — because we all depend on new ideas and cutting-edge research to push climate solutions forward. We also have very affordable pricing for consultants — because we ultimately want as many companies as possible to take on emissions accounting.

Email us at if you have any questions.