Tips for searching with AMEEdiscover

AMEE contains over 8 million items, ranging from emissions calculation methodologies to life cycle analysis data sets. Fortunately, we provide a set of powerful search tools to help you find what you need.


Searching and Browsing

Search by Keyword

The most general way to search is by keyword. If you're looking for specific calculation methodologies or emissions factors, try entering related terms. For example:

  • Fuel types. If your industrial process uses distillate oil or kerosene, those terms might lead you straight to the relevant data sets.
  • Activities. If you need to calculate emissions for, say, shipping you can search either broadly for freight transport or specifically for ocean freight.
  • Materials. If you're performing life cycle analysis, perhaps you need to know the emissions associated with aluminium or soybeans.
  • Emissions sources. AMEE can help you calculate emissions from landfill or cement production.
  • Standards bodies. If you know the source of the data you're looking for - say, DEFRA electricity factors - try searching for it by name. (See related info about search filtering below.)

Browse by Standard

The data contained within AMEE is collected and maintained under the auspices of various governing bodies, and often are associated with a specific standard (regulatory or otherwise). Commonly used standards include the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the IPCC.

The AMEE platform is aware of these standards and allows you to browse the calculation methodologies and data factors associated with each.

AMEE provides information about each standard on a documentation tab.

The "Pages in this standard" tab allows you to browse a list of associated datasets and calculation methodologies:

Browse by Tag

AMEE has categorized the data contained in the platform via the use of "tags." Tags are simple keywords such as electricity or biofuel that describe the underlying data. Browse a complete set of tags here.


Filtering Search Results

Even with well-chosen keywords, your search may return a lot of results. After performing a search, you can further narrow down your results by using search filters. Filters can be combined for greater precision.

Filter by Standard

On the search results page, restrict your results to specific standards using the standards filter. For example, you can restrict your results to just the items that are related to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol or IPCC.

When a filter is applied, you'll see a filter icon at the top of your search results. You can remove this filter by clicking the "(Remove)" link. Removing the filter displays all results contained in your search.

Filter by Geography

Wherever possible, AMEE's database of environmental metrics are tagged according to the geographic region they are relevant to. To restrict your search results to those that are relevant to a given geographical region, use the geography filter. For example, you can restrict your search to results that are relevant to the United States of America.

When a filter is applied, you'll see a filter icon at the top of your search results. You can remove this filter by clicking the "(Remove)" link. Removing the filter displays all results contained in your search.


Additional Search Tips

Often there are several calculation methodologies or data sets that might be relevant to your search. From most pages within AMEEdiscover, you can find similar results by clicking the "More related categories" link.

You can also search for similar items directly from the search results page.