What environmental metrics and production data are included in geoFootprint?
geoFootprint computes Scope 3 emission factors at the farm gate. These factors include all activities and emissions taking place at the farm (e.g., fertilizers application and related emissions to the environment, fuel combustion in machinery, and irrigation systems) and human activities taking place upstream in the supply chain (e.g., deforestation, fuel production and transportation, fertilizer production and transportation, machinery fabrication).
The life cycle assessment (LCA) framework enables the calculation of a broad array of environmental metrics, including impacts on climate, water, soil and biodiversity.
> Climate change (including and excluding deforestation)
> Ecosystems quality
> Freshwater eutrophication*
> Irrigation stress intensity*
> Marine eutrophication*
> Soil erosion
> Soil organic carbon change*
> Water scarcity
> Water withdrawal
*Available to licensed users only. To purchase a geoFootprint license, contact us for details.
Environmental footprint metrics are calculated per hectare (or acre) and per ton (or pounds) of harvested crop. Additional metrics, including potential species loss, are under development.
Production data> Field operations (e.g., tillage, anti-erosion practices, sowing, harvesting, crop residues management)
> Harvested area
> Irrigation water and technology
> Mineral fertilizer application rates (N, P and K)
> Manure application rate
> Nitrogen Use Efficiency
> Production volume
> Total active ingredients for crop protection
> Average temperature
> Soil clay, silt and sand contents
> Soil organic carbon stock
> Soil pH