Life Cycle Assessment: Applications

Eco-Design and Environmental Declaration

ACYVIA: Eco-Design and Environmental Declaration for the Food Industry

How Great are the Impacts of a Product on the Environment?

Life Cycle Assessment of Selected Swiss Agricultural Products

How ecologically competitive are Swiss agricultural products in comparison to imports? This question becomes more important when the framework conditions for foreign trade change. In this sutdy, we outlined the strengths and weaknesses of Swiss cereal, potato, milk and meat production by comparing Swiss produce with that of our major import countries.

Climate-Optimised Adaptation Strategies in Agriculture

The stipulated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions also calls for special efforts in agriculture. In arable farming there are numerous options for action, e.g. optimal crop-rotation design, optimised fertiliser use and reduced tillage. These options are evaluated via field trials and LCA’s.

SOLIBAM – Strategies for Organic and Low-Input Breeding and Management

Low-input systems have the potential to reduce environmental impacts; however, the productivity of these systems is also lower, which limits their overall performance. Moreover, the crop varieties and production techniques used often originate from high-input systems. SOLIBAM aims to increase the performance of low-input systems by developing cropping systems adapted to low-input conditions.

Improving the Economic and Environmental Performance of Cropping Systems

Optimising crop rotation according to economic and environmental criteria allows us to improve their performance. As part of the CASDAR-PCB Project , various field-crop rotations in France were studied using the SALCA method.

Life Cycle Assessment of Meat

Meat is an important food in Switzerland, and of major economic importance for the retail trade and the farming sector. At the same time, meat production places a burden on our environment, for which it has increasingly come under fire. Exactly how much environmental pollution is created by a kilo of meat, though? Does it depend on where and how this meat was produced?

Cantogether: Together for the environment

Where crop production and livestock husbandry go hand-in-hand, synergies can be exploited. Throughout Europe, however, we are increasingly seeing regional specialisation in agriculture. In Switzerland, agricultural diversity remains high. Switzerland – a model pupil? – The Swiss Centre of Excellence for agricultural LCA’s

Policymakers and society are placing increasing environmental demands on agriculture. To enable these to be taken into account, Agroscope and two experienced partners are together offering a holistic farm LCA service.

Life Cycle Assessment of Farms (LCA-FADN)

Agriculture supplies us with food and helps shape our landscape, but also pollutes the environment with nutrients and other emissions. How can we improve the environmental impact of farms? What types of farms perform well, and where does the greatest potential for improvement lie?

Integrating LCA Know-how in Agricultural Sector Models

The economic-ecological analysis of the agricultural sector is a longstanding concern of Agroscope’s. Two already-concluded projects drew a link between LCA environmental indicators and economic optimisation models. Currently, the question of whether and how LCA environmental indicators could be integrated into the economic models is being investigated.

Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture

In Switzerland, around 10% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by agriculture. IP-SUISSE aims to make its farmers aware of this problem, and is drafting a catalogue of measures together with Agroscope.