Application of PestLCI model to site-specific soil and climate conditions: the case of maize production in Northern Italy

Valentina Fantin, Serena Righi, Alessandro Buscaroli, Gioia Garavini, Alessandra Zamagni, Teunis Johannes Dijkman, Alessandra Bonoli

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    Abstract

    The calculation of emissions from the use of pesticides is a critical issue in LCA studies of agrifood products and only occasionally discussed in details in literature studies. The objective of this study is to assess the results of the application of PestLCI 2.0 model to the production of
    maize in Northern Italy using site-specific soil and climate data, which were added for this purpose in PestLCI database. In this way, the application of the tool and its database were tailored to that area. Moreover, the results were compared with those obtained assuming maize
    cultivation on other soil typologies in the surrounding areas. Results show that soil variation scarcely affects the emissions to air and surface water are whereas it affects significantly the emissions to groundwater. Finally, some features of PestLCI were highlighted and comments for a further improvement of the model were provided.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Conference of the Italian LCA Network
    Publication date2016
    Pages202-210
    ISBN (Print)978-88-8286-333-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventLife Cycle Thinking, sostenibilità ed economia circolare - Ravenna, Italy
    Duration: 23 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

    Conference

    ConferenceLife Cycle Thinking, sostenibilità ed economia circolare
    CountryItaly
    CityRavenna
    Period23/06/201624/06/2016

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