Agricultural Lifecycle Assessment - more than just the carbon footprint

Cranfield University
In Bedfordshire

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Important information

Typology Short course
Location Bedfordshire
  • Short course
  • Bedfordshire

Evaluation of the sustainability of agricultural products requires a holistic method of assessment such as the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and not just the carbon footprint. Agriculture has some specific features that contrast with other areas of environmental appraisal, e.g. long term effects in the soil, large variability of soil born emissions, interactions between animal performance, diet and soil type. 

This course will provide the basis for an LCA practitioner to carry out an exhaustive, scientifically sound and complete LCA of agricultural systems.

Where and when
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Cranfield University Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, England
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Starts On request
Cranfield University Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

Course structure The course will last 2 days. It is composed of lectures, practical sessions and group sessions. The practical sessions will also deal with familiarisation of the different accounting methods used within agricultural LCA. A case study related to a LCA of cropping system will be carried out together with an assessment of pasture and housed ruminant production.
What you will learn

On successful completion of this module the students should be able to:

  • Apply LCA with confidence
  • Critically compare different approaches
  • Appreciate the complexities of agricultural LCA and impacts beyond the carbon footprint
  • Appreciate the limits of empirical methods Understand and apply systems models them from existing packages
  • Conduct an exhaustive LCA of agricultural production systems
  • Compare alternative crop and animal production systems.

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