Environmental footprint of roses: representative product study

Helmes, Roel; Goglio, Pietro; Linden, Rick van der; Verweij-Novikova, Irina


This document represents a representative product study carried out in the context of the development of a methodology for calculating the environmental footprints of horticultural products, according to the newly released methodological standard - HortiFootprint category rules. The purpose of this product study was to identify the most relevant impact categories, life cycle stages, processes and direct elementary flows and also to identify the data needs, all feeding into the methodology development. This publication is meant as an illustration of a product environmental footprint (PEF) study for roses that are produced in a Dutch greenhouse with combined heat and power (CHP) system, transported across the main countries of export. The functional unit is one stem of 70 cm long roses at commercial grade.