Soil quality indicators in Life Cycle Assessment

Consensus Group

There is currently a lot of development around soil quality indicators in LCA. The objective of this group is to get a common and shared understanding of soil quality issues and indicators in LCA, and to form an informal network of relevant researchers and organisations on this topic.


This working group on soil quality indicators in LCA started as a joint initiative of CIRAD (France), CSIRO (Australia), Agroscope (Switzerland), Joint Research Centre (European Commission) and Life Cycle Strategies (Australia).


The group  first gathered on 30th August 2015 in Bordeaux, as a side event of the LCM conference.


This webpage shares the output of this first meeting and will be updated as progress is made.


If you are interested in joining the network, please email Sandra Eady, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia ( or Cécile Bessou, Research Scientist,  CIRAD Systèmes Pérennes, France (

Key contributors


Cécile Bessou, Research Scientist, CIRAD Systèmes pérennes

Cécile is a research scientist working on the environmental evaluation of perennial cropping systems. She is co-coordinator of the ADEME research project SOCLE dealing with soil organic carbon accounting within LCA.




Sandra Eady, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences.

Sandra is a senior member of the Agriculture Flagship working on science to support policy frameworks for agriculture and greenhouse gas abatement. She is leading a series of projects contributing to AusAgLCI, a life cycle inventory database for Australian agricultural processes.



Tim Grant, Director, Life Cycle Strategies

Tim is an LCA specialist and driving force in the development and ongoing operation of AusAgLCI database for Australian agricultural commodities.





Serenella Sala, PhD in applied ecology, is scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, at the 

Institute of Environment and Sustainability.

Since 2010, she is supporting the research activities related to ILCD recommendations on models and factors for life cycle impact assessment.



Hansrudolf Oberholzer, Research Scientist, Agroscope, Soil Fertility/Soil Protection Group, Switzerland

Hansrudolf is a senior research scientist working on soil quality assessment, encompassing influences of agricultural management practices and management systems on microbiological soil quality parameters, estimating effects of agricultural management practices on soil organic matter, and the holistic assessment of soil quality (chemical, physical and biological aspects) in LCIA.