Environmental footprinting of livestock products is a challenging but essential task to improve the accuracy of reporting on the real impacts of livestock products and high quality data for feed is an essential component from that perspective. The Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) is a feed industry initiative with the aim to develop a freely and publicly available feed LCA database and tool. The GFLI database and LCA tool will support meaningful LCAs of livestock products and enable to benchmark feed industry environmental impacts.

The Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership is a FAO-led partnership which developed recognized sector-specific guidelines to assess environment performance of livestock supply chains. The GFLI will implement the FAO/LEAP methodology, and has established a working relationship with the LEAP Steering Committee to ensure methodological compliance. The GFLI also aims at building a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) compliant database, regarding impact categories and data format.  The GFLI will provide a cradle to farm-gate database as a module to support broader assessments of animal products. The GFLI will also take into account the achievements of the global network for interoperable LCA databases led by UNEP in order to define its database infrastructure. The GFLI database aims at software neutrality in order to facilitate uptake of data by LCA practitioners working on animal products.

The GFLI relies on an innovative governance mechanism, based on regional and sectoral projects, which will populate the database.  These projects are led by a consortium of feed associations and feed companies and follow the same procedure for data collection, to ensure global consistency. The GFLI Management Board oversees all activities of regional projects. There are currently three operational regional projects, one in the EU, one in the USA/Canada and one dealing in particular with fish feed ingredients.

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