ECOALIM database

La base de données ECOALIM

ECOALIM Database

The ECOALIM database provides life cycle inventories and environmental impacts of raw materials used for animal feed in France

It is based on the life cycle assessment methodology and provides the impact categories climate change, eutrophication, acidification, non-renewable energy consumption, phosphorus consumption and land use at different perimeters: field gate, storage-organization gate, port gate (foreign raw materials only) and factory gate. Technical data from 2008-2012 were used. At the time of its creation, the database contained more than 150 values, including 58 average raw materials, 27 raw material sub-products and 10 foreign raw materials. It is regularly updated and enriched with new raw materials.

The ECOALIM database exists in two formats: in Microsoft Excel, for insertion into feed-formulation matrices to calculate impacts of a feed or to optimize the impacts through eco-formulation, and in SimaPro ®, for use by life-cycle assessment specialists. ECOALIM is integrated into the national database Agribalyse ® as its animal-nutrition component. ECOALIM is also the database of French raw materials used in the Label “Bas Carbone” methods for pigs and ruminants.




  • Wilfart A, Espagnol S, Dauguet S, Tailleur A, Gac A & Garcia-Launay F (2016) ECOALIM: A Dataset of Environmental Impacts of Feed Ingredients Used in French Animal Production. PLOS ONE 11, e0167343
  • Aurélie Wilfart, Aurélie Tailleur, Sylvie Dauguet (coordinatrices), 2017. Guide méthodologique pour la conception des ICV intrants de l’élevage de la base de données ECOALIM. Ademe
  • Wilfart, A.; Dusart, L.; Meda, B.; Gac, A.; Espagnol, S.; Morin, L.; Dronne, Y.; Garcia-Launay, F. 2018. Reducing feed environmental impacts for livestock - Réduire les impacts environnementaux des aliments pour les animaux d’élevage. Inra Productions Animales. 31 (3), 289-306 10.20870/productions-animales.2018.31.2.2285
  • Garcia-Launay, F., Dusart, L., Espagnol, S., Laisse-Redoux, S., Gaudre, D., Meda, B., Wilfart, A. 2018. Multiobjective formulation is an effective method to reduce environmental impacts of livestock feeds.British Journal of Nutrition, 120(11): 1298-1309.
  • Meda, B.; Garcia-Launay, F.; Dusart, L.; Ponchant, P.; Espagnol, S.; Wilfart, A. 2021. Reducing environmental impacts of feed using multiobjective formulation: What benefits at the farm gate for pig and broiler production? Animal, 15 (1) DOI: 10.1016/j.animal.2020.100024
Technical publications
  • Espagnol Sandrine, Aurélie Wilfart, 2016. Des données pour produire des aliments du bétail écologiques. TechPorc
  • L. Dusart, F. Garcia-Launay, A. Wilfart, B. Méda, I. Bouvarel, S. Espagnol, 2016. Formuler l’aliment autrement. Tema n°38.

Modification date: 06 February 2023 | Publication date: 08 November 2021 | By: sas