Direct Land Use Change Assessment Tool

Direct Land Use Change Assessment Tool

Calculating greenhouse gas emissions from land use change

Land use change is one of the major issues facing the global agriculture production system. About 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. Many publications have focussed on this issue and have provided solid global or country specific estimations of CO2 emissions due to land use change based on available statistics and/or satellite imagery.

Availability of primary data


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

References to the tool

The ‘Direct Land Use Change Assessment Tool’ is based on the PAS2050 and specifically the PAS2050-1 frameworks, the basic methodology to which is now widely referenced. Examples are the PEF guidelines & Envifood protocol. It is the most comprehensive implementation of a methodology for GHG emissions from direct land use change that is widely applied.

Three functionalities

The tool provides three basic functionalities,
based on three different approaches related to data availability of the user.


Complete dataset is now available

The complete dataset (9.000+ country- crop combinations) is now available.

Excel tool

It is also possible to get a license for the complete and most recent Excel tool.
Quotation is available on request.

Learn more: Download the white paper

Download the white paper and read more about the Direct Land Use Change Assessment Tool version 2016.1.

More information about the Direct Land Use Change Assessment Tool?

Or contact Bart Durlinger, senior consultant
E-mail bart@blonkconsultants.nl
Tel +31 (0)182 579970