Xavier Bengoa
A spatial solution to alleviate environmental impact of agriculture

Xavier Bengoa

Senior sustainability consultant Quantis

geoFootprint

Supported by:

EIT Climate-KIC The EIT Climate-KIC is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union

Generated funding

EUR 2 100 000

Aim

To optimize the monitoring and management of crop production across the agri-food supply chain

Partners

Cool Farm Alliance, Arx-IT

Main product

geoFootprint

The Project

  • The idea

    geoFootprint is a web tool that combines satellite imagery and geospatial data with the latest life cycle assessment methodology. It generates maps that give instant access to the environmental footprint of agricultural crops (climate, water, soil, biodiversity) anywhere in the world and enables simulations considering a variety of crop management practices.

  • Inspiration

    The evolution of satellite imagery into didactic tools inspired us to make the foot printing science accessible to all in the agri-food sector where a need is emerging for better data on the environmental impact of purchasing models. This includes potential risks from crop production such as deforestation, fertiliser use, irrigation, or soil management practices.

  • Unique selling points

    geoFootprint is the first tool capable of translating spatial data into state-of-the-art environmental metrics looking at agricultural products in their entirety, and accounting for a variety of land management practices. It provides global coverage, transparency and granularity for a coherent answer to greenhouse gas emissions issues.

  • Societal impact

    Offered either as open-access or as a licensed tool for professional use, the platform boosts the understanding of the link between agriculture and climate change. It raises awareness of the inherent complexity of agricultural systems and potential solutions to make them more environmentally sustainable. Through its holistic approach, geoFootprint contributes to several UN Sustainable Development Goals including clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption and production, climate action, and life on land.

  • EIT Community support

    EIT Climate-KIC was crucial in enabling us to launch the project through its co-funding and support for market outreach.

geoFootprint

The Nominee

  • The beginning

    A sustainability consultant for 12 years, I have been driven by willingness to contribute to well-informed environmental decisions, based on comprehensive knowledge and the mass of accurate data available today. This is particularly true for the agricultural sector, a major contributor to ecosystem degradation and global warming.

  • Partnerships & Teamwork

    Quantis is the project leader and core developer. Our partner, Cool Farm Alliance, provides expertise in farm-level footprint assessment and community management. It ensures IT bridges between geoFootprint and Cool Farm Tool, allowing for data exchange and facilitated analysis at both farm and regional levels. Arx-IT develops the front-end interface of the platform.

  • Rewarding moments

    In June 2019, we showed our first beta version to our advisory board. Our long-standing idea was materialising in the form of beautiful maps. Reactions from our partners from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) were incredibly encouraging.

geoFootprint raises awareness of the inherent complexity of agricultural systems and potential solutions to make them more environmentally sustainable.