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LCA Data Usage Conditions

The International Platinum Group Metals Association (IPA) has conducted a second Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study to better document supply chain and life cycle impacts and benefits of platinum group metals (PGMs) in autocatalysts.

The LCA results in this report represent the global primary and secondary production of PGMs by participating IPA members, reflecting production data from 2017. The use of PGMs in a Euro 6d-TEMP catalytic converter system in a diesel and gasoline engine vehicle over the vehicle's lifetime (160,000 km) were analysed to determine the impact on regulated emissions and consequently, human health. Autocatalysts were selected because they represented 61% (2017) of the end use market for PGMs and have a widely recognised societal benefit.

Eleven out of then twelve member companies of the IPA participated in the study representing primary production of PGMs (mining and production), secondary production of PGMs (recycling) as well as fabrication of autocatalysts. The details can be found in the Environmental Profile of PGMs in the PGM Fact Sheet section of this website.

Data on iridium and ruthenium were initially not part of the study, these were however added in 2022, for primary production only. This led to an update of the data on Pt, Pd and Rh, with 2022 updated upstream data from the GaBi database. 

A key goal of IPA is to provide support on the environmental credentials of PGMs to customers and users of PGMs, with the intention that those that specify and use PGMs in applications have access to relevant data to facilitate their own informed decision-making. In this regard, IPA is keen to support the implementation of this database in LCA software and LCA tools.

A third LCA study on 2021/2022 production year is currently being finalized and IPA will make this data set available to the public in Q3/2024.

You agree with the following LCA Data Usage Conditions:

  • The IPA LCA data is provided free of charge and may not be sold commercially exploited, licensed, or transferred in any other way, to other parties, in whole or in part.
  • The data sheets shall include a reference source (i.e., contacts details either for the IPA web site or directly to the IPA
  • The datasheets are supplied only for the purpose of the study for which it was requested. Further rights are excluded. Should they be required for any another purpose, IPA must be contacted beforehand to obtain prior written consent.
  • The user is not allowed to provide the data on public websites or communicate the inventories in full or in part externally without prior written IPA agreement.
  • The user shall not tamper with the IPA data in any way.


Please understand that there is no legal claim to LCA data, LCA data sets, and/or their transmission. We reserve the sole and unrestricted right to decide whether or not to make LCA data available. IPA LCA data can only be requested by companies.

Privacy Policy

We would like to thank you for your interest. The security and the protection of your personal data are very important to us. In this Privacy Policy we would like to inform you how and which personal data are processed and used in compliance with the applicable provisions under data protection law.

1. Name and address of the responsible party

This privacy statement applies to the data processing by (hereinafter also referred to as "we" or "us"):

International Platinum Group Metals Association e.V.
Schiess-Staett-Strasse 30, 80339 Munich, Germany
Tel.: +49 (089) 5199 6770 ● Fax: +49 (089) 5199 6719 ● Email:

2. Collection and storage of personal data as well as type and purpose and their use

If you provide us with data, this is done voluntarily by you. In case you fill out and get in contact with us through the "LCA Questionnaire / Life cycle inventory (LCI) request form", the data which you provide will be transmitted to us and processed by us.

We will process the data you provide in this form to us to process your request and to contact you. For the processing of the data your consent is be obtained and reference is made to this Privacy Policy statement. We process and use your data exclusively for the purposes, which you have consented to. You grant us your consent when you send data to us, which you have previously entered voluntarily in the "LCA Questionnaire/Life cycle inventory (LCI) request form".

Data processing following aforementioned purposes is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR. The additional legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 S. 1 lit. b GDPR, if the purpose of the processing of data is concerning pre-contractual measures or for the fulfilment of a contract. Furthermore, the legal basis for the processing of the data that you have voluntarily provided us is your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR. In case of a consent, you have the option to revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing carried out until the revocation.

3. Recipients of personal data

A transmission of your personal data to third parties for other purposes than those listed will not take place. A forwarding of personal data to third parties is only carried out if:

  • you have granted your explicit consent hereto (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR),
  • the forwarding according to Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR is necessary in order to assert, exercise and defend legal claims and no reason exists for the assumption that you have an interest in the non-forwarding of your data that is worthy of protection,
  • a statutory obligation exists for the forwarding according to Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit c. GDPR, as well as
  • this is permitted by law and according to Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. b GDPR is necessary for the processing of contractual relationships with you.

Insofar as we use external service providers for the processing of personal data, for example server providers, data service providers or IT service providers, this is only done on the basis of respective contractual agreements required for this purpose, in order to ensure that the data processing is carried out exclusively in accordance with the legal requirements for the protection and security of personal data.

4. Data protection rights of affected persons (data subjects)

Within the scope of the provisions under data protection law you are entitled to the following rights with the processing of personal data as a data subject:

  • If personal data are processed you can according to Art. 15 GDPR receive information about the data stored in relation to your person.
  • In the event that incorrect personal data are processed, you can according to Art. 16 GDPR request the rectification of incorrect data.
  • When the legal requirements are met, you can request the deletion or limitation to the processing as well as file objections against the processing (Art. 17, 18 and 21 GDPR).
  • If a consent is available from you to the data processing or a contract exists for the data processing and the data processing is carried out by using automatic processes, you are -if applicable- entitled to the right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR).
  • In the event that you have consented to the processing by a declaration you can revoke your once granted consent at all times towards us effective for the future. The legality of the processing of the data carried out until the revocation owing to the consent will not be affected by this.

Information on Art. 21 GDPR: If your personal data are being processed on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 S. 1 lit. e GDPR (processing of data in the public interest) or on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR (processing of data for the purposes of safeguarding legitimate interests), you have the right to object to the processing of data, on grounds relating to your particular situation, or if you object to the processing for the purposes of direct marketing. Your objection may be submitted informally to us at any time.

You further have possibilities to file a complaint with the supervisory authority that is responsible for us. We finally allow ourselves to point out that the aforementioned rights are, if applicable, linked to statutory prerequisites the existence of which we will consider to be necessary.

5. Storage period for data

The period of time for which data is stored depends on the purpose of the processing of the respective data. The personal data of the person concerned will be deleted as soon as the purpose of its processing and storage does not longer apply (e.g., after the processing of your request through the request form has been completed). After conclusion of a contract there may be a necessity to store personal data in order to fulfil contractual or statutory obligations. All statutory retention requirements or storage periods, in order to comply with legal obligations (e.g., under commercial law or tax law), shall remain unaffected; in addition to that, data may be retained (e.g., in case of legal disputes) in order to preserve evidence within the statutory limitation periods. Legal statutes-of-limitations are between three and thirty years.

6. Questions relating to data protection

Should you have further questions relating to data protection please do not hesitate to contact us:

International Platinum Group Metals Association e.V.
Schiess-Staett-Strasse 30, 80339 Munich, Germany
Tel.: +49 (089) 5199 6770 ● Fax: +49 (089) 5199 6719 ● Email: