Measurement and Visualization of Sustainable Agriculture

DINAK is a joint venture between:

DINAK’s assessment model which is based on selected criteria and indicators is intended for the multiple and objective assessment of sustainability in agriculture. The core competence of DINAK is primarily in the application of significant indicators to assess the status quo and optimize the sustainability performance of agricultural enterprises. We offer sustainability certificates as well as strategic advice on operational optimization and support you on your way to greater adaptability and transformability. You can help shape your future. Because what is measurable can be assessed and specifically changed.

What is the purpose of sustainability assessment in agriculture?

“Sustainability” is an important principle of action in agricultural, environmental and climate policy and is regarded as a model for a future-oriented and resource-conserving way of doing business that is at the same time committed to animal welfare. The term “sustainable” is used to describe systems in which the capacity for regeneration is preserved. Assessment requires appropriate indicators that describe ecological, economic and social impacts. With these indicators, assessment provides important information on where the company is already doing well and where the production system still has weak points. The results are used for communication in society and offer a possibility for product differentiation. More and more market partners of agricultural companies, be it banks or the processing industry, attach importance to analysing their own operational sustainability.

Our approach

We assess agricultural sustainability (ecology, economy, social issues, animal welfare) with objectively measurable, significant, and scientifically based indicators. In this context, a system is always considered in its entirety. Our target values and target areas are based on professional expertise and thus exclude environmental hazards or reduce them to a minimum and are economically and socially acceptable. The assessment considers the actual production process in detail. In crop production, for example, all measures carried out are considered: "When was which measure carried out, where, and with what?" This is the only way to adequately record and assess the status quo.

Our sustainable analyses are:

  • objective
  • scientific
  • validated
  • holistic
  • company-specific

Carbon footprint

The carbon footprint is an important indicator in the field of ecological sustainability assessment. The carbon footprint visualises the climate impact of the whole production or of a selected product. On the way to achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, each stakeholder needs to know the adjusting screws to reduce the climate impact in his or her business area. The carbon footprint shows in which areas of production relevant greenhouse gases are released and where the greatest potential for greenhouse gas savings and efficiency measures is located.

Knowledge of one’s own carbon footprint is important:

  • to know one’s own adjusting screws
  • to save energy and resources efficiently
  • to reduce operating costs sustainably
  • to formulate reduction targets
  • to establish a climate management system
  • to demonstrate commitment to sustainability

Sustainability assessment
Step by step

1. You contact us

2. We do the analysis and assessment

3. You get the certificate

our certificate

We award the DINAK Certificate for Sustainable Agriculture to farms and products that meet our sustainable standards in agricultural production. Our certificate is valid for a maximum period of three years. If you wish a continuous analysis of the success of your company’s sustainability goals, we will be happy to organise an annual re-certification or annual monitoring programmes.

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About us

IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH

IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH is an independent agriculturally oriented consulting company that has been working for public donor organizations as well as private enterprises in Germany and abroad for more than 40 years. As its core competence, IAK will carry out the sustainability assessment of the economic and social indicators.

INL – Privates Institut für Nachhaltige
Landbewirtschaftung GmbH

INL as a private institute for sustainable agricultural land use is an independent engineering office located in Halle and sees itself as a service provider in the fields of agriculture, environment protection, trade, processing industry, science, and politics. In its work, INL makes sure to apply its know-how from two decades of experience in the assessment of ecological sustainability not only neutrally, but also independently, scientifically, innovatively and with the highest level of competence.

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