Chinese Food Life Cycle Assessment Database

Published: 31 May 2022| Version 4 | DOI: 10.17632/37jnjbt454.4


In the Chinese Food Life Cycle Assessment Database (CFLCAD), Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGE) for 80 food items, Water Use (WU) for 93 food items and Land Use (LU) for 50 food items are collected through a literature review. The CFLCAD applies conversion factors for the edible portion of food, food loss ratio and processing, storage, packaging, transportation, and food preparation stages to estimate the environmental footprints of food from production to consumption. Similar food groups and recipes are used to match those food items without LCA value in the Chinese food composition table, resulting in a total of 17 food groups in the database.


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Data on the environmental footprints by means of life cycle assessmentanalysis of food were collected through a literature review in the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and Google Scholar. Articles and reports written in English or Chinese and published in the years 2005-2020 were identified. The types of environmental footprints included were Greenhouse gas emission (GHGE), Water use (WU) and Land use (LU). Articles were excluded if: studies are not available in English or Chinese, or no system boundaries were considered.


Wageningen Universiteit


Food Product, China, Greenhouse Gas Emission, Life Cycle Assessment, Water Use, Land Use