Course overview

This course will provide the science basis behind the methods developed to assess agricultural systems in LCA, together with practising the use of the various methods. Throughout the course, potentialities and limitations of the methods are going to be highlighted. This course will provide the basis for an LCA practitioner to carry out an exhaustive, scientifically sound and complete LCA of agricultural systems. The main focus will be on arable cropping, but animal production approaches will be included, especially lowland ruminant and monogastric systems.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Apply LCA with confidence
  • Critically compare different approaches
  • Appreciate the complexities of agricultural LCA and impacts beyond the carbon footprint
  • Appreciate the limits of empirical methods Understand and apply systems models them from existing packages
  • Conduct an exhaustive LCA of agricultural production systems
  • Compare alternative crop and animal production systems.
Additional Course Information

Topics covered will include:

  • Principles of LDA
  • LCA vs carbon footprint
  • Agricultural systems and how they differ from other subject areas
  • Systems models vs empirical sources of input data
  • Data sources and quality
  • Crop models as inputs
  • Animal models as inputs
  • Impacts beyond greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint)
  • Theory and hands on application with the Cranfield systems-LCA model - Crop
  • LCA tool

Key facts

Course Dates
Two Days
Entry Requirements
Previous industry experience or degree in agricultural subject area
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Cranfield University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Cranfield University
Mixed Cohort
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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