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A three-year European project which EFLA was involved in has just been completed. The project, Harmonised Environmental Sustainability in the European food and drink chain or SENSE, was funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. Twenty-three entities participated in the project from all parts of Europe including Spain, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Germany and Switzerland. From Iceland, the University of Iceland and EFLA Consulting Engineers participated.

The aim of the project was to design a system and software which in a simple fashion assesses the environmental impact of food and transmits that information to consumers and other stakeholders. EFLA's role in the project was, among other things, to make a life cycle analysis of farmed salmon from cradle to grave, where the main environmental impacts can be attributed to the procurement of raw materials and the production of feed. Also, the choice of transport modes to foreign markets has a significant influence on the overall environmental impact of the product. The project also involved life cycle analyses of dairy products, beef and fruit juice. EFLA also took part in developing the SENSE software and implementing it in companies.


The SENSE software is a web-based, simple software for small and medium-sized businesses intended to assess the environmental impact of the production using the methodology of life cycle analysis. The project's home page is, where one can apply for a fourteen day trial version of the software.


The picture shows the participants in a workshop of the SENSE project, held in Iceland in September 2014.