SALCA’s Own Emission and Impact Assessment Models


Agroscope developed its own emission models for use in life cycle assessments to calculate the direct emissions from arable and forage production as well as livestock husbandry. These models describe the probable environmental impact of individual agricultural activities, taking site conditions into account wherever necessary.

The emission models for nitrate, phosphorus, heavy metals, pesticides and animal emissions provide results at the life cycle inventory level, i.e. for individual substances such as methane or nitrous oxide. Characterisation factors are then used to translate these into environmental impacts such as global warming potential or eutrophication.

We have developed models at the impact assessment level to evaluate soil quality and biodiversity on agricultural land. Agroscope maintains and continuously improves these models.