Virtual Laboratory: IELab

Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory

Lead Organisation: University of Sydney

The Industrial Ecology (IE) Virtual Laboratory unravels the complex environmental and economic interactions of modern Australia. It enhances Australia’s analytical capabilities in Life-Cycle Assessment, carbon footprinting, water footprinting, and other approaches to environmental impact assessment. It also improves capacity for modelling the future effects of changes in economic and social policy.


  • Sustainability researchers
  • Ecologists
  • Economists
  • Consulting firms
  • Government bodies
  • Consumers


  • Enables analysis of supply chain impacts, by consolidating data and developing new analysis tools.
  • Enables studies on future biofuel industries for Australia, industrial symbiosis and material efficiency, and on waste metal flows.

“Just the fact that we’ve now harmonised all these bits and pieces across the landscape of environmental information, is an achievement in itself.”

– Professor Manfred Lenzen


Led by the University of Sydney in conjunction with researchers from nine collaborating institutions, IELab acknowledges funding from the Nectar project.

PrintNectar is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to establish eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.