Special Issue "Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Agricultural Machinery"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniela Lovarelli
Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: precision livestock farming; environmental sustainability; emissions
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Dr. Bacenetti Jacopo
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Milano, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Milan, Italy
Interests: life cycle assessment, renewable energy, biomass, anaerobic digestion, environmental impact assessment, biogas
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Prof. Dr. Domenico Pessina
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan, 20133 Milano MI, Italy
Interests: agricultural machinery; agricultural ergonomics and safety
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agricultural machinery is a fundamental factor in agricultural and livestock productions. The development of efficient and safe machines with low energy requirements is the key for a modern and sustainable agricultural mechanization, based on economic, environmental, and social pillars.

From the environmental point of view, agricultural machinery should reduce energy requirements for manufacturing, fuel consumption, exhaust gases emissions, soil compaction and disposal impact. Additionally, operators should work in safe and ergonomic conditions to assure their proper welfare. Moreover, the initial investments and operational costs during the machinery life cycle have weight on the farm profitability. Considering: i) the growing food demand; ii) the reduction of the number of farms and the increase in their dimension; and iii) the reduction in labor and increase in competition, we are convinced that agricultural mechanization is now facing challenges to satisfy the needs for high performance, safety, and sustainability.

This Special Issue welcomes submissions on: i) the performance of agricultural machinery and/or agricultural mechanization carried out with life cycle assessment, cost, and social assessment methods; ii) the evaluation of novel indicators supporting these methodologies; iii) the performance of agricultural machinery in terms of operators’ safety and ergonomics, exhaust gases emissions, and innovative solutions for efficient farming.

Dr. Daniela Lovarelli
Dr. Jacopo Bacenetti
Prof. Domenico Pessina
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Exhaust gas emissions
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Social Life Cycle Assessment
  • Ergonomics and safety
  • Field mechanization
  • Efficient mechanization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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