Actor Based Life Cycle Assessment - towards green food chains for eco-products

Start date 01/01/2011
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2014
​The food industry and ecological products in particular is facing major challenges in the coming years, such as consumer demands, scale of food systems, reduction of waste and climate change. Life cycle assessment (LCA) has emerged as a key method for environmental assessment of products, processes and technologies, and all material flows through society. Recently also an Actor Based LCA methodology with focus on actors and actions has been developed.

The purpose of the research is to further develop and test an actor based LCA methodology for the food industry, and perform three case study comparisons on ecological and conventional food chains: small/large-scale chains, retailers handling of food, as well as efficient production, so called “green lean” in the whole food chain. Environmental improvements can be reached by changes in storage, transport or waste behaviour throughout the whole chain.

This project is path-breaking due to its interdisciplinary character, and show relationships between the actors of the life cycle, and how these may enable, or hinder, environmental improvement towards green food chains as a whole.
Project leader and contact
Dr. Birgit Brunklaus, Assistant Professor “LCA för sociala system”
All project members
​Dr. Johanna Berlin, systems analysis, SP
Michaela Raab, University of Linz/Austria
Keywords
Organic food, LCA, product chains, SCM, actors
​Formas, Organic Production
CTS Carl Trygger Stiftelse
​Interview with Michaela Raab, University of Linz/Austria:
The cucumbers actors and carbon footprint in focus

Published: Mon 28 Oct 2013.