LIFE: The Tough Get Going

“Progress through knowledge”: the project LIFE TTGG – The Tough Get Going was born with this perspective: a successful synergy between universities, start-upcompanies, manufacturers, Italian and French training and research Institutions.

The project
New basis for quality production
“Progress through knowledge”: the project LIFE TTGG – The Tough Get Going was born with this perspective: a successful synergy between universities, start-upcompanies, manufacturers, Italian and French training and research Institutions.

The aim is to orientate the development of the dairy sector towards more efficient production,to ensure growth and preserve quality, with an environmental sustainability perspective.

The Product Environmental Footprint, developed by the European Commission, which through Recommendation 2013/179 / EU invites companies to use it to measure, communicate and improve environmental performance in the life cycle of their products, is the methodology used in this project.

An innovative sector
The PDOs Grana Padano (Italy) and Comté (France) have chosen to join the project together with universities and research organizations. A data inventory of all the processes belonging to the supply chain will be set up and used to develop a software tool to support environmental decisions.

At the end of the process, it will be possible to extend the LIFE TTGG model to other PDO cheeses European consortia and further on to several PDO and PGI products, contributing to a substantial reduction of the environmental impact and to an increase of the economic sustainability of the entire agro-food sector.

Today global warming represents one of the most urgent and severe challenges, the joint commitment of institutions and companies throughout the whole supply chain is essential.

Direct greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural activities related to food production are reported to range between 10-12% of total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide: it’s necessary to take actions as soon as possible to reduce the environmental impact of a significant sector such as the dairy sector.

The greenhouse gas emissions are not the only problem to be tackled. The dairy sector is responsible for other negative environmental effects such as: water resource depletion, freshwater and marine eutrophication, freshwater ecotoxicity, and land use. All the supply chain actors are responsible for limiting these negative effects on the environment.

Hence there is the need to improve the efficiency of PDO cheeses production, by means of a complete and detailed mapping of the environmental impact of the entire supply chain – including consumption and waste management – and the development of more sustainable practises.

LIFE The Tough Get Going (LIFE TTGG)
Conceived with the purpose to improve the efficiency of the entire production chain of European hard and semi-hard PDO cheeses, the LIFE TTGG – The Tough Get Going project aims at design and develop a software (Environmental Decision Support System – EDSS), capable of assessing the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and encouraging its reduction, allowing the adoption of solutions and techniques to optimize the performance of the entire production cycle.

The involvement of the Grana Padano Protection Consortium and the Comité Interprofessionnel de Gestion du Comté gives the opportunity to test and calibrate the software with two relevant cheese PDOs (The French dairy organization, CNIEL, a project partner, will be responsible to test the software on Comté PDO cheese).

The result will be the creation of a reliable tool and proven methodologies to be proposed to other EU PDO consortia, in the hope they can become a reference for environmental innovation and quality production.


Developing an effective and shared system to calculate and to reduce the environmental footprint, in compliance with the Product Environmental Footprint methodology (PEF).
metodologia pef
Raising the awareness of individual manufacturers, encouraging the environmental certification of their products, disseminating the PEF methodology to PDOs cheese Consortia.
Increasing the awareness of consumers and stakeholders on PEF, through targeted information and communication campaigns.
user friendly
Simplifying PEF calculation and ease company decision-making, through user-friendly tools.
prestazioni ambientali
Optimising the environmental and economic performance of the involved players (farms, dairies and packaging manufacturers).
know how
Transferring the acquired know-how to other European PDO and PGI products.

Project Coordinator

A leading international reference for education and research, Politecnico di Milano participates in the LIFE TTGG project with the Departments of Energy and Design.



(Grana Padano Protection Consortium) was founded in 1954 to promote, protect and monitor what has now become the most widely consumed PDO cheese in the world, Grana Padano. 128 are the producer members, 149 ripeners, 194 companies authorized for packaging, 4250 livestock companies supplying milk involving a total of 40,000 employees.

grana padano
Composed of representatives of farmers’ federations, private processors and cooperatives, CNIEL is the institution responsible for the organisation of the entire French dairy sector

Historical Italian academic institution, the UCSC participates in the LIFE TTGG project with the Department of Food Science and Technology for a Sustainable Supply Chain (DISTAS) and the Institute of Food and Nutrition Science.

universita cattolica sacro cuore
Since 2002, the Qualivita Foundation is committed to the protection and enhancement of the quality of agricultural and food products and wine products, mainly Italian PDO, PGI and TSG productions.

A Politecnico di Milano spin off, ENERSEM carries out consultancy and R&D activities, developing innovative solutions for energy consumption reduction in the civil and industrial sectors.

Founded in Geneva in 2003, oriGIn – is a non-profit organization that brings together over 500 producers and institutions linked to Geographic Indications in over 40 countries.