Product Biodiversity Footprint

The Product Biodiversity Footprint (PBF) project aims to fill the gap of lack of tool and method to assess biodiversity of products, and to assess the various pathways that can enhance of degrade biodiversity along the value chain of a product.

PBF goal is to co-develop a method and a tool , quantifying the impacts and benefits of a product on biodiversity all along the product’s life cycle stages in order to provide recommendations for changes.

The project development is that it is at the cross-roads between  academia and business. Academia provide the robustness of science in ecology and life cycle thinking, and businesses bring along practical questions and case studies with real data.

A scientific committee including international experts from academia is providing a sound scientific basis. Future users from companies and organisations are also involved from the start to ensure PBF will answer their practical needs. Examples from companies in various sectors will be used to pilot the tool.

PBF will build on existing knowledge, methodologies and data, bridging the ecology (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, INRA, AgroParisTECH, CIRED) and the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) (UN Environment, Score LCA, IRSTEA-pôle ELSA) realms   It is aiming to address the five pressures on biodiversity identified in the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA, 2005). 

Sayari is co-developing the project in partnership with I-Care & Consult.

Phase 1 of the project laid the groundwork for methodology and tested it through “proof of concept” case studies in the agricultural sector. Its results will be published at the end of 2018.

Phase 2 starts at the end of 2018 for 18 months. We are currently recruiting stakeholder companies for sponsoring and case studies. Do not hesitate to contact us: contact [at]

More information on PBF here.

Actors involved