Formats of the GFLI database

The publicly available GFLI database is a collection of feed ingredient datasets collected using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. LCA is a method to evaluate the use of resources and emission of pollutants during the life cycle of a feed ingredient.

The GFLI database has three different aggregations of the data, described below.

Which datasets are in the current available database? Download the document below for an overview of the available ingredients with a source and data quality rating (DQR).

Lifecycle impact assessment (LCIA)

The Lifecycle impact assessment is the measurement of emissions through a specific method of impact assessment. This allows for the output of different ingredients calculated through a method in order for compare various ingredients, and use the output as the basis for measuring an average carbon footprint for compound feed or other mixed ingredients.

The GFLI database currently includes two methods, the ReCiPe Midpoint (H) (2016) and the Environmental Footprint 3.1 (EF3.1). Read more about the LCIA and its inclusions in the LCIA guidance document, downloadable below:

Lifecycle inventory (system processes)

The system processes is the aggregated inventory of inputs and outputs of each dataset, and allows for flows to be manipulated to perform contribution or sensitivity analysis. Due to the aggregation, only the resources (input), output (ingredient and emissions related to its production) are shown (see picture below). The interconnectivity within the system boundary are not visible, and would require the disaggregated unit process level data for full transparancy. With the environmental impacts, own processes can be added to connect the data and create ‘building blocks’ to see the changes to the end-product’s environmental footprint.

Available in Simapro .csv format. LCA software is required for optimal functionality.

Simplified form of how system processes look like for 1 ingredient

Unit process level

Unit process level is the disaggregated inventory of inputs and outputs to the level used for modelling: all details of how each dataset has been established and its linked processes are included. It allows for flows to be manipulated to perform contribution or sensitivity analysis. Please note that not all ingredients will be present in this form of data due to the possible sensibilities related to company-specific or industry data.

Simplified graph of how a unit processes look like for 1 ingredient

How to access the different formats

Are you interested in any of the formats of the database? The GFLI offers Commercial license allows for in-house company use of GFLI data for analysis, research, development, reports, presentations, and communications, as well as a developer license for integration of GFLI data into a software/tool accessible to third parties, consultancy services, or other use cases where third parties have access to (part of) the GFLI database. Please reach out to info@globalfeedlca.org for the costs and license agreement!

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