Granta provides a range of tools that draw on this data, including:

MI:Product Intelligence enables you to quantify environmental risks for products and designs. Options include CAD-integrated tools and a web application.

CES Selector allows you to identify the optimal material to meet combined engineering, economic, and environmental objectives.

MaterialUniverse Eco Data

This page provides detailed information on the MaterialUniverse eco data. This data is provided as standard with the MaterialUniverse data module. For general product information on MaterialUniverse, see here 

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Low carbon footprint and energy efficient design

Granta's MaterialUniverse data module includes extensive environmental property data that can help you to:

  • Design products for: low carbon footprint, energy efficiency, water efficiency
  • Investigate how new product design can impact CO2 reduction
  • Optimize your product against legislative or regulatory requirements
  • Implement enterprise—or group-wide strategies to reduce the environmental footprint of your company’s products
  • Introduce 'life cycle thinking' to your organization without imposing unrealistic burdens

Eco properties in MaterialUniverse

Eco property data is available for every material in the MaterialUniverse data. This includes broad coverage of metals, plastics, elastomers, ceramics, composites, and natural materials. The eco properties are shown below.

Properties are drawn from or estimated using the best available and highest quality sources currently available.

Lifecycle phase Properties

Raw materials:

Primary material production: energy, CO2 and water

Embodied energy, primary production (MJ/kg)

CO2 footprint, primary production (kg/kg)

Recycle fraction in current supply (%)

Water usage (l/kg)


Material processing energy (MJ/kg)

CO2 footprint (kg/kg)

Water usage (l/kg)

Advanced composite molding

Autoclave molding


Coarse machining (per unit wt removed)

Compression molding

Extrusion, foil rolling

Fabric production

Filament winding

Fine machining (per unit wt removed)

Glass molding

Grinding (per unit wt removed)

Matched die (preform) molding

Metal powder forming

Non-conventional machining (per unit wt removed)

Polymer extrusion

Polymer molding

Prepreg production


Resin spray-up

Resin transfer molding (RTM)

Rough rolling, forging

Vacuum assisted resin infusion (VARI)


Wire drawing


Restricted substances risk indicators

REACH Candadate List indicator

RoHS (EU) compliant grades? (yes/no)

SIN List indicator

The engineering and physical properties (e.g., density) in the MaterialUniverse database support calculation of, e.g., energy consumption during use


Material recycling


Recycle? (yes/no)

Embodied energy, recycling (MJ/kg)

CO2 footprint, recycling (kg/kg)

Recycle fraction in current supply (%)

Downcycle? (yes/no)

Biodegrade? (yes/no)

Landfill? (yes/no)

Heat of combustion (net)

Combustion CO2 Non-recyclable use fraction

Background data:

Geo-economic data for principal component

Abundance in Earth's crust

Abundance in seawater

Annual world production, principal component

Main mining areas (metric tonnes per year)

Minimum economic ore grade

Principal component

Reserves, principal component

Typical exploited ore grade


Support for education

This data can also be accessed via CES EduPack for educational purposes. More