Research Projects

For a Sustainable Switzerland: Refining the SALCA Life-Cycle Assessment Method and Calculation Tools and Applying them to Current Research Issues

Policy-makers and society are united in the desire for an environmentally friendly agriculture and food sector. In order to meet these expectations, a comprehensive environmental-impact assessment is necessary. In this way, we ensure that the measures developed achieve the desired effect without resulting in any undesirable side-effects. The SALCA Project develops and uses the LCA method and calculation tools to this end.

Assessing Sustainable Farm Strategies using recently Developed Indicators

Sustainably run farms are of paramount importance for the future of the agriculture and food sector. This project develops operationalisable indicators for the comprehensive assessment of the sustainability of farms in each of the three dimensions of environment, economy, and social matters. The results of the farm assessments are to be used to improve management strategies.

Farm Climate Protection and Resource Efficiency

This project explores how farms can protect the climate and use limited resources such as energy, water, phosphorus, potassium and the soil efficiently. Concrete measures are developed and tested on 30 commercial farms to determine reduction potentials. Findings are imparted in a practice-oriented manner.

Previous Projects Work Programme 2014-2017

LCA and Sustainability Assessment: Principles

Life Cycle Assessment: Methods and Data

Which environmental impacts are important for agricultural production? How can these be quantified? To answer such questions, we continue to develop the environmental LCA methodology and create the necessary databases and calculation tools.


Life Cycle Assessment: Applications

How much CO2 does the production of a cutlet generate? What wheat-cultivation system is the most environmentally friendly? Our research projects provide answers to questions such as these.