Assessing environmental product performance from cradle to gate or cradle to grave by footprinting is a type of life cycle assessment. It is largely science based, but it also applies a kind of accounting technique for handling multi-functional processes such as co-production. Companies are mainly interested in the carbon/environmental footprints of their products for product development, monitoring and reducing impact. Research institutes, governmental organizations and NGOs often want to assess the product environmental impact at a higher level to support policy decisions. For example, they may want to know the impact of a change in diet or investment in alternative energy sources. Here, other types of life cycle assessment techniques can be applied.



For life cycle assessment, you need background databases and software tools. I have worked intensively on the development and implementation of the Agri-footprint and Ecoinvent databases in the LCA software SimaPro. With this experience, thorough knowledge and efficient programming techniques I support companies, governmental organizations and research institutes with database and software solutions. This includes tools for converting data to SimaPro or other formats and tailored carbon/environmental footprint tools.


Footprinting is about making methodological choices, such as which processes to include in the product system, which functional unit to use, how to handle multi-functional processes, which background datasets to use, how to calculate emissions that cannot be measured directly, and how to deal with data gaps. I have significantly contributed to the development of various footprinting standards/methodologies in collaboration with consultancies, research institutes, NGOs, companies, sector organization and governmental organizations.