Scientist at INRAE / SAS

Phone: (+33) 2 23 48 57 09


Address: INRAE Centre Bretagne-Normandie, UMR SAS, 65 rue de St-Brieuc, CS 84215, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France

Fields of expertise: Environmental assessment, agroecology

Keywords: Life cycle assessment, ecosystem services, agroecology, organic agriculture


My research topic is the environmental assessment of agricultural production systems. I mainly use life cycle assessment methodology. I am particularly interested in organic agriculture and more generally in agroecological systems, and in ways to assess both the environmental impacts and ecosystem services supplied by agricultural systems.

Current project
  • ACV-Bio: Life cycle assessment of products of French organic agriculture (2017-2020)
  • PerMABio: Environmental performance of organic vegetable farms (2019-2022)
  • PerFEBio: Performance of livestock farms aimed at restoring the biodiversity of agricultural landscapes (2019-2022)


van der Werf, H.M.G.; Knudsen, M.T.; Cederberg C., 2020. Towards better representation of organic agriculture in life cycle assessment. Nature Sustainability,

Salou T, Le Mouël C, Levert F, Forslund A, van der Werf HMG, 2019. Combining Life Cycle Assessment and economic modelling to assess environmental impacts of agricultural policies. The case of the French ruminant sector. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment,

Nitschelm L, Parnaudeau V, Vertès F, van der Werf H M G, Corson M S, Viaud V, Aubin J, Walter C, 2018. Improving estimates of nitrogen emissions for life cycle assessment of cropping systems at the scale of an agricultural territory. Environ Sci Technol. 52 (3):1330-1338.

Renouf M A, Renaud-Gentié C, Perrin A, Kanyarushoki C, van der Werf H M G, Jourjon F, 2018. Effectiveness criteria for customised agricultural life cycle assessment tools. Journal of Cleaner Production 179: 246-154.

Salou T, van der Werf H, Levert F, Forslund A, Hercule J, Le Mouël C, 2017. Could EU dairy quota removal favour some dairy production systems over others? The case of French dairy production systems. Agricultural Systems, 153: 1-10.

Ponsioen T C, van der Werf H M G, 2017. Five propositions to harmonize environmental footprints of food and beverages. Journal of Cleaner Production, 153: 457-464.

Salou T, Le Mouel C, van der Werf H M G, 2017. Environmental impacts of dairy system intensification: the functional unit matters! Journal of Cleaner Production, 140: 445-454.

Pernollet F, Coelho CRV, van der Werf HMG, 2017. Methods to simplify diet and food life cycle inventories: accuracy versus data-collection resources. Journal of Cleaner Production, 140: 410-420.

Coelho CRV, Pernollet F, van der Werf HMG, 2016. Environmental life cycle assessment of diets with improved omega-3 fatty acid profiles. Plos One, 11 (8), e0160397.

Van der Werf HMG, 2016. Agriculture et limites environnementales - Comment étudier les impacts environnementaux des systèmes agricoles ? Mémoire de HDR de l’Université de Rennes 1.

See also

All productions by Hayo VAN DER WERF

Modification date: 06 February 2023 | Publication date: 05 February 2021 | By: SAS