Food and agricultural data for PEF/OEF studies: most recent released PEF data

To ensure comparability within products groups, the PEF initiative is facilitating the use of life cycle inventory data. Now, after the Energy and Transport data was released, the Agricultural and Food sector are following. This is a short update on the availability of the PEF datasets that have been most recently released; towards consistent EF-compliant data.

PEF data status

End of 2016 the European Commission published several tenders for delivery of Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data representing various industry sectors, the so-called PEF data. Those datasets will become the official secondary data for the Environmental Footprint initiative and will be available free of charge for use in PEF and OEF studies. After the first building block (the energy and transport datasets) was made available the remaining projects accelerated. PRé is collaborating in three of them: the feed, agrofood and “other processes”. In these projects, our role is providing technical expertise as developer’s of SimaPro, facilitating export from SimaPro to ILCD-format, chairing the review panel (except for feed) and reviewing the ILCD-compliance of the final datasets.

Agricultural and food in the PEF methodology

PEF data must comply with high-quality standards. The feed and agrofood datasets are based on renowned sources of agricultural data – Agri-footprint, World Food LCA Database, ecoinvent and Agribalyse – and their methodologies were harmonized and aligned with the EF methodological requirements. The feed batch consists of more than 1500 datasets including crops, processed crops, animal-based feed and minerals. Some of those feed datasets are then used as input in the agrofood project, for modelling processing like crop, dairy and meat production. Both projects deliver datasets for the European countries as well as EU-28 and global average. The processes will be available both as aggregated datasets, known as system processes in SimaPro, and datasets partially aggregated at level-1. 

Image: The energy and transport processes were used to model the feed and agrofood datasets.

The users of these datasets are allowed to use, reproduce and adapt the datasets so they properly represent the process, product or service being modelled. As stated by the EC, the adaptation right granted includes:  

“… the right to modify, reformat, extract or incorporate the datasets or any part thereof, assemble and incorporate the datasets, or any isolated component or part thereof, in any other work or document, by any means and using any technical or artistic process.”

These rights are valid for the entire world, until the 31st December 2020, free of any charge.

Contact us

If you want to know more about the PEF data in SimaPro, visit our website or contact us. 

Learn more about PEF

The EF initiative is a great endeavour towards the standardisation of LCA, and it’s work in progress. Therefore, there are continuous developments going on. Please contact us if you want to receive the most updated information.

Katarzyna Cenian

LCA Expert

Kasia worked for PRé from 2016 to 2022. As an LCA expert, she contributed to implementing databases and impact assessment methods, providing support for SimaPro customers and conducting LCA studies. With her analytical mindset and way with numbers, she navigated through large amounts of data efficiently and effectively. Over the years, she was involved in both technical projects – related to data conversion and complex modelling – and LCA studies ranging from screening, ISO-compliant and related to EF methodology.

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