April 26th marked the inaugural meeting for the Global Feed LCA Institute’s Scientific Advisory Council (SAC). The Council is made up of experts in life cycle assessment methodologies and environmental and animal nutrition fields, each possessing a vast range of regional and sectoral experience.
The inaugural meeting was opened by GFLI’s Chair Nick Major, followed by introductions of the experts and a more in-depth presentation about GFLI and its data generation methodology and procedures. This introductory meeting was well-received by the participants and has already prompted key questions that will lay the groundwork for the first technical SAC meeting to be held next month.
GFLI’s Scientific Advisory Council is an external expert panel established to help the GFLI Board of Directors and Technical Management Committee (TMC) address critical questions regarding the quality, safeguarding, and improvement of the database, and to provide feedback about how to improve the methodology and procedures that govern the maintenance and continual improvement of the database. The first topics to be discussed by the SAC this year are branded and market mix data. Additionally, an overall baseline evaluation of GFLI’s methodological approach will reinforce the methodological foundation and GFLI data quality, consistency and transparency.
The SAC consists of the following experts:
- Camillo De Camillis from the FAO Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP)
- Fulvio Ardente from the European Commission Joint Research Centre (DG-JRC)
- Sandra Vijn from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)
- Ermias Kebreab from the University of California, Davis
- Martin Gierus from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
- Greg Thoma from the University of Arkansas, US
- Kristina Bergman from Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE), Sweden
The SAC will enable broad and independent review and input into the work of the TMC, which will allow the TMC to continue to improve the GFLI database and methodology. Likewise, direction from the SAC will help the GFLI to strengthen its alignment with FAO-LEAP guidelines and EU-PEF-compliance.
We are grateful to have engaged such a high calibre panel of experts who see value in the Institute and are supportive of the advancement of GFLI and feed industry life cycle data and science.