The GFLI activities are positioned as a module supporting environmental assessment of livestock products. The GFLI will therefore develop a cradle to farm-gate database. All life cycle stages up to the delivery of the feed to the farm will be part of the database, including feed mill operations and logistics.

The GFLI database will support of broad range of impact categories, such as climate change, eutrophication, acidification, water footprint etc… Fifteen impact categories will be covered, to ensure compliance with the Product Environmental Footprint guide.

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.

Figure 1: system boundaries of the GFLI database. The colored boxes belong to the system boundaries