Agri-footprint, an agriculture-oriented LCI database

Agri-footprint is a comprehensive LCI database about agricultural products: feed, food and biomass. The latest version, Agri-footprint 2.0, includes a wide range of agriculture-specific impact categories such as water and land use, land use change, fertilizers, and soil carbon content, in a format that allows you to comply with the latest initiatives and methodologies

A comprehensive database

Demand for agricultural LCAs is rising: methodologies are reaching maturity, governments and international bodies are regulating sustainable agriculture, and bio-based production of chemicals and energy is growing in popularity. With Agri-footprint 2.0, you will gain access to a wide range of agriculture-specific impact categories such as water and land use, land use change, fertilizers, and soil carbon content. The Agri-footprint data format allows you to comply with the latest initiatives and methodologies, such as the PEF initiative of the European commission.

Agri-footprint was developed by Blonk Consultants, a sustainability consulting firm specialising in the complexities of agricultural LCA. Periodic database updates include new products, new methodologies and updated cultivation and processing LCIs.  Agri-footprint is exclusively available in SimaPro.

Working with Agri-footprint

Agri-footprint can be used to do agricultural LCAs and provides valuable information about bio-based production methods for the chemical and energy industry. It allows users to do ISO and PEF compliant LCAs, and the predefined allocation options make it especially suited for sensitivity analyses. Carbon footprintsEPDs, and scope 3 GHG emissions under the GHG protocol can also be improved by implementing Agri-footprint.

Why Agri-footprint?

  • The database is 100% focused on agricultural products.
  • Users can choose from three pre-defined allocation options: mass, energy and economic.
  • Land use change is fully integrated.
  • The methodologies and data quality in Agri-footprint 2.0 are compliant with the PEF initiative of the European commission, ILCD and ReCiPe, and have been reviewed by RIVM (Dutch national institute for public health and the environment).

Database content

Agri-footprint contains approximately 3,500 products and processes specific to agricultural LCA: crops, products and intermediate products, feed compounds, food products, animal production systems and background processes such as transport, auxiliary inputs for processing, and fertilizers. Many of these products have three predefined allocation options – mass, energy and economic – and have entries for different locations in the world. A more detailed list of the products included in the database can be found on the Agri-footprint website. All SimaPro licences include all Agri-footprint databases, which consists of economic, gross energy and mass allocation.

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About Blonk Consultants

Blonk Consultants has over two decades of experience in sustainable nutrition and LCA of agri-food products. The firm was established to raise understanding of environmental issues pertaining to agriculture, and to help companies, governments and civil organisations put agricultural sustainability into practice. For more information, please visit the Blonk Consultants webpage.

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Tom Ligthart - LCA and sustainability expert at a scientific research institute

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