1. CRMD Background

The Canadian Raw Materials Database (CRMD) is a voluntary project involving a cross-section of Canadian materials industries to develop a database profiling the environmental inputs and outputs associated with the production of Canadian commodity materials. The database uses the techniques of life-cycle inventory (LCI), consistent with the method of life-cycle assessment (LCA).

2. CRMD Purpose

The purpose of the database is to provide Canadian life-cycle inventory data:

  • to small and medium-sized manufacturers, converters, formulators and other users to support their voluntary efforts in improving the environmental performance of their products, consistent with principles of pollution prevention.
  • to participating industries to support their internal improvements.

3. Participants and Commodities

Industry associations are participating on a voluntary basis with Environment Canada as chair. Materials industries participating are: aluminum, glass, plastics, steel and wood.

The commodities are:

Aluminum Industry

  • Primary Aluminum Ingot
  • Secondary Aluminum Ingot

Glass Container Industry

  • Molten Flint
  • Molten Emerald
  • Molten Amber

Plastics Industry

  • Virgin Granules
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • General Purpose Polystrene (GPPS)
  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
  • Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Polyethyene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)

Steel Industry

  • Hot Rolled Coil (Integrated Mill)
  • Rod and Bars (Mini-Mill)

Wood Products Industry

  • Dimensional Lumber

4. Development of the CRMD

The database methodology was developed, completed and published by the Canadian Standards Association as CSA PLUS 1116. Data collection by each of the five active industry groups using the methodology was completed in early 1998 and subsequently submitted for critical review. A Critical Review Report was submitted to Environment Canada in November 2000.

As part of the original mandate, it was agreed that the LCI profile results would be published in a format that would be available for use by interested user groups. The University of Waterloo through Murray Haight, PhD, has been retained to assist with the dissemination and use of the datasets.

5. Registration

Potential user are required to complete an application. Upon receipt of a completed application an authorization code will be e-mailed, this will allow the user to gain access to the datasets, the CSA publication - Canadian Raw Materials Database Life-Cycle Inventory Methodology, a continuously updated fequently aked questions and answer sheets, and on-line technical support. Announcements of updates will be sent to all users.

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