What is a life cycle assessment?
Life cycle assessment, or LCA, is briefly put an assessment of a product’s lifecycle to calculate the carbon footprint that covers each stage of the product’s life.
In 2021 we developed our own model for life cycle assessments, and we have achieved a level of detail in the model that enables us to calculate not only the carbon footprint per kg meat, but also the carbon footprint of specific selected products using data from suppliers, abattoirs, processing plants and transport companies.
The core of the LCA model was developed in 2020/21 and part of the model has already been verified by independent third parties. We continuously improve the underlying data to ensure that our calculations are up to date and aligned with international standards.
Data and framework for climate calculations
The below figure shows the extent of the data we use for LCA calculations. This includes collecting data for individual farms, abattoirs and processing facilities to calculate the climate impact of our slaughter animals.