Project Details


The main objective of the OLCA-Pest project is to build on current advances in life cycle inventory and life cycle impact assessment to operationalise and harmonize the emission quantification and impact characterization of pesticides in life cycle assessment (LCA) and product environmental footprinting. In current LCA practice, quantifying pesticide emissions from agricultural fields is not aligned with characterising related potential toxicological impacts on humans and different types of ecosystems. Furthermore, the pathways from pesticide application via emissions to environmental media and treated field crops to toxicity impacts are currently only partly and inconsistently covered and many relevant pesticides are currently not included. This leads to LCA results that are incomplete and often misleading and hard to interpret and this makes it impossible to assess and compare the environmental performance profiles of different pest management systems and practices.
Effective start/end date08/06/201707/12/2020

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Agroscope (Project partner)
  • INRAE (Project partner)
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute (Project partner)
  • Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (Project partner)
  • École supérieure d'agricultures (Project partner)
  • Irstea (Project partner)
  • Comité Champagne (Project partner)
  • Centre de cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Human toxicology
  • Ecotoxicity
  • Emission modelling
  • Impact assessment


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