Life cycle assessment (LCA) of processing and supply of organic Apple - Department of Energy and Technology

Publicerad: 15 november 2018

In order to promote organic food sector it is important to develop technical solutions, standard operation procedures and guidelines in processing of organic food leading to increased product quality and shelf life whilst reducing environmental impact and resource consumption.

Ansökan senast: 2018-12-15

Production of processed organic food is mostly carried out by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who are currently facing a double challenge. Consumer awareness and legal standards require high quality as a precondition for successful marketing but there is a lack of corresponding knowledge leading to significant product quality losses and raw material losses. The processing methods such as drying and freezing are energy intensive and improvement is required.

Research activities

This LCA study is planned to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated to the production of dried organic apple food products. It is intended to identify the environmental hotspots in the value chain of dried organic apples based on sample products sourced from Sweden (and/or Norway, Italy, Germany, and Romania). The LCA study may consider different supply chain stages: agricultural production, drying process, packaging, transport, and consumption.

Credits: 30 credits; Level: Advanced; Subject: Technology; Start: January 2019


1. Dr. Techane Bosona, Department of Energy and Technology, SLU Email: Techane.bosona@slu.se Phone: +46 18671851

2. Prof Girma Gebresenbet, Department of Energy and Technology, SLU Email: girma.gebresenbet@slu.se Phone: +4618671901

Sidansvarig: utb-webb@slu.se