Environmental assessment of two pork supply chains using life cycle assessment

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Wiedemann, Stephen, McGahan, Eugene, Grist, Shelly and Grant, Tim. 2010. Environmental assessment of two pork supply chains using life cycle assessment. Barton, ACT, Australia. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
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Environmental assessment of two pork supply chains using life cycle assessment

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID3156
AuthorsWiedemann, Stephen (Author), McGahan, Eugene (Author), Grist, Shelly (Author) and Grant, Tim (Author)
VolumeNo: 09/176
Number of Pages115
SeriesRIRDC
Year2010
PublisherRural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Place of PublicationBarton, ACT, Australia
ISBN174151973X
Web Address (URL)https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/09-176
Abstract

Agricultural industries are under increasing pressure to quantify their environmental impacts and
resource usage by government, consumers and the general public. Quantification of greenhouse gas
emissions is particularly necessary as a first step to adapting the pork industry to the regulatory
requirements of the future. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a powerful tool for quantifying
environmental impacts (i.e. global warming potential) and resource usage (i.e. water usage) throughout
the whole pork supply chain.
This report is a summary of the research and findings for the first pork LCA project conducted in
Australia. The study covers two representative pork supply chains in eastern Australia, located in
northern (southern QLD) and southern (southern NSW) regions.
This project was funded by the RIRDC and Australian Pork Limited, from producer levies matched by
Australian Government funds.
This report, an addition to RIRDC’s diverse range of over 1900 research publications, contributes to
Australia’s agricultural R&D body of knowledge that underpins continual improvement in the sector.
In particular, this project makes significant contribution to our Climate Change and Variability R&D
program, which is working with other research and development Corporation’s to develop an agreed
methodology to undertake life cycle assessments for energy, greenhouse emissions and water use and
assess the energy efficiency of Australian agricultural systems.

Keywordslife cycle assessment, climate change, pork supply chain
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410402. Environmental assessment and monitoring
350107. Sustainability accounting and reporting
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Byline AffiliationsFSA Consulting, Australia
School of Information Systems
Lifecycle Strategies, Australia
Institution of OriginRural Industries Reseach and Development Corporation
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