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)

NOxcreation (g/kg)

SOx creation (g/kg)

Recycle fraction in current supply (%)

Water usage (l/kg)


Material processing energy (MJ/kg)

CO2 footprint (kg/kg)

Casting CO2 & energy

Forging, rolling CO2 & energy

Metal powder forming CO2 & energy

Vaporization CO2 & energy

Polymer molding CO2 & energy

Polymer extrusion CO2 & energy

Polymer machining CO2 & energy

Ceramic powder forming CO2 & energy

Glass molding CO2 & energy

Standard machining CO2 & energy

Non-standard machining CO2 & energy

Simple composite molding CO2 & energy

Advanced composite molding CO2 & energy

Construction CO2 & energy



Toxicity rating (non-toxic, slightly toxic, toxic, very toxic)

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

Approved for skin and food contact (yes/no)

WEEE prohibited (yes/no)

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

Principal component (material name)

Annual world production (tonnes/yr)

Reserves (tonnes)

Typical exploited ore grade (%)

Minimum economic ore grade (%)

Abundance in earth's crust (ppm)

Abundance in sea water (ppm)


Support for education

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