Databases and datasets

Reliable and qualitative environmental data 

Our work at Mérieux NutriSciences | Blonk revolves around reliable, qualitative environmental data used in our consultancy work. We also share datasets with experts in the agri-food sector or academic community.

As a researcher, product developer, consultant, or sustainability expert, you can now access our datasets to ensure your project relies on sound, recognized data.

Discover our datasets below.

Overview of Blonk's databases and datasets

LUC Impact Dataset

Deforestation is one of the major issues facing the global agriculture production system, with as much 8% of global CO2 emissions being attributable to land use change. A well-known example is deforestation for the cultivation of crops such as soybean and oil palm. 

A big challenge for Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) researchers is to translate this impact of land use change to specific crops from specific countries while little primary data is available. Our ‘LUC Impact Tool’ is specifically designed to address this challenge.

LUC Impact is an Excel tool which provides a predefined way of calculating GHG emissions from LUC. The LUC Impact dataset includes all possible crop-country combinations from the ‘country known; previous land use unknown’ functionality of the tool.

GFLI database

The GFLI - the Global Feed LCA Institute - is an independent animal nutrition and food industry institute with the purpose of developing a publicly available Animal Nutrition Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) database. Their freely available database contains high quality datasets for animal feed ingredients. The GFLI database is the main international source of LCA information on animal feed production and contribute to making the sector more sustainable. 

The GFLI database contains environmental impact data of raw feed materials, available from different geographical areas. Included are regional, sectoral and branded data. Regional data is primarily based on our LCA database Agri-footprint. Sectoral and branded data are added at every update, continuously improving and expanding the database to stimulate improvement of the feed industry's environmental performance.

Agri-footprint Branded Data Add-ons

Agri-footprint branded data are brand-specific add-ons to the Agri-footprint database. While Agri-footprint also contains a wide range of general data on agricultural commodities, branded data is company or brand-specific life cycle impact data. This branded data, disclosed by companies themselves and calculated based on primary data, helps companies make their products' environmental performance visible and share it with stakeholders.

The development of the EU Environmental Footprint datasets

For more than 10 years Blonk has been closely involved in the EU Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative. Currently, we’re part of a consortium that is working on the Environmental Footprint 4.0 (EF 4.0) life cycle inventory datasets.  These datasets contain official secondary data and are designed to support EF-compliant calculations according to the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs). Recently, Blonk has published EF 3.1 datasets on feed, agrofood and  biobased materials.   

LCA Database


Advancing sustainability in the agri-food sector requires accurate and precise information. Blonk developed the Agri-footprint database to provide a thorough and consistent life cycle inventory (LCI) database for the agriculture and food sector. The database is widely used and implemented by the food industry, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) community, the scientific community, and governments worldwide.

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Megan Jasson
Senior Business Development and Sales Consultant

Please contact Megan if you want more information on our databases and the license options.