Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership

Public Review

Release of the LEAP draft guidelines on feed, poultry and small ruminants

The Livestock Environmental Assessment Performance (LEAP) Partnership is a unique endeavor to harmonize the environmental performance assessment and monitoring of livestock supply chains on a global scale.

The three draft guidelines currently submitted to public review mainly target:

  • Livestock producers that wish to assess the performance of their production systems.
  • Supply chain partners such as processors (e.g. feed producers, slaughterhouses) seeking for a better understanding of the environmental performance of products purchased or used in their production process.
  • Policy makers interested in developing sustainability accounting systems and reporting specifications for livestock supply chains.

The objective of these guidelines is to provide a consistent approach for assessing the environmental impacts of livestock supply chains. The draft guidelines were launched for public review on March 6th 2014 during the 1st Annual Meeting of the LEAP Partnership.

The objective of the public review is to broaden the review process of the draft guidelines. These draft guidance documents have been developed in a multi-stakeholder process and have undergone an initial multi-tiered review process (more detail is provided in the guidelines). The public review process is open; feedback received will be evaluated by the different elements of the LEAP Partnership, including the Technical Advisory Groups, the LEAP Secretariat and eventually the Steering Committee.

Target group(s) and topics

All stakeholders are welcome to contribute to this review. Contributions are particularly sought from:

  • Organizations engaged in the livestock supply chains.
  • Policy makers and standardization bodies.
  • Retailers and international initiatives on sustainable retailing.
  • Organizations processing materials and residues coming out from the feed and livestock sectors.
  • Experts in Life Cycle Assessment and other environmental assessment tools.
  • Data providers and data network managers.
  • Civil society, NGOs and citizens.
  • Targeted users of these guidelines.

Although not expected to comment on all aspects of the draft guidelines, stakeholders are free to comment on whatever issue or guideline of their choice. It would however be useful to focus comments on areas of expertise and knowledge or interest.

General comments may focus on the following questions:

  • Is the guidance clear and understandable? Please identify any specific sections that require improvement in terms of readability and clarity.
  • Is the use of terminology clear and consistently used throughout the documents?
  • What additional guidance, methods, or data sources would you recommend should be added?   
  • Is it necessary to provide more specific guidance?  Please identify those sections/areas where this is required.
  • Please provide any additional feedback that may improve the guidelines.

More specific questions include:

  • Are the guidelines comprehensive in scope? Are they broadly applicable to existing livestock farming systems and processing chains?
  • Please comment on the environmental impact categories covered by the guidelines. How relevant are these for animal and feed supply chains?
  • Please comment on the rules and principles set out in Section 9 of the guidelines for handling multi-functional processes and to delimit system boundaries. Feedback from those sectors/industries where outputs of livestock supply chains are used as raw materials (e.g. leather and wool) will be appreciated.
  • Are the guidelines scientifically sound as well as internally-consistent to allow for performance tracking, identification of environmental improvement options (including identification of mitigation options to address GHG emissions), and communication of the environmental performance?
  • Please comment on the data quality requirements and recommendations for dealing with data gaps (Section 10). Comments should take into consideration the applicability of the guidelines in geographical regions where availability and quality of data are major issues.
  • The feed guidelines can be used as a standalone document to assess feed supply chains but also in conjunction with the animal guidelines to perform a comprehensive assessment of the livestock supply chain. To what extent do they achieve this goal? To what extent can the feed guidelines also be used as common international framework for assessing the business-as-usual environmental performance of certain biofuels?
  • Are these guidelines well suited for developing life-cycle based indicators for monitoring the environmental performance of the livestock sector as well as for setting priorities in the shaping of policy measures and targets?

Period of consultation

The public review starts on March 15th 2014 and ends on July 31st 2014.  If you have any queries during the review process, please do not hesitate to e-mail:

How to submit your contribution

  • Kindly provide your comments by filling in this template and submit to Please note that without a clear justification for proposed change(s) and alternative text proposal(s), comments may not be addressed by TAGs.
  • Ideally, comments should be submitted in English.
  • Contributions received will be published on this website. It is important to read the specific privacy statement below for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Results of the public review and next steps

This public review will close on July 31st 2014. The compiled templates should be sent to the Secretariat by email or by hard copy to the addresses shown above.
Feedback from this public review will feed the process towards the finalization of Version 1 of the LEAP Guidelines on feed, poultry and small ruminants.

Personal data

The Secretariat will retain a copy of the compiled templates. Responses will be published on this website and will be made available to all members of the Partnership. Your personal data will be part of a list of contact details for the purpose of communicating information on future LEAP Partnership activities.

draft guidelines

Environmental performance of animal feeds supply chains

Environmental performance of animal feeds supply chains

Greenhouse gas emissions and fossil energy demand from poultry supply chains

Greenhouse gas emissions and fossil energy demand from poultry supply chains

Greenhouse gas emissions and fossil energy demand from small ruminant supply chains

Greenhouse gas emissions and fossil energy demand from small ruminant supply chains

template for comments


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