Life cycle assessment of two Australian pork supply chains

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Wiedemann, Stephen, McGahan, Eugene, Grist, Shelly and Grant, Tim. 2010. "Life cycle assessment of two Australian pork supply chains." Notarnicola, Bruno, Settanni, Ettore, Tassielli, Giuseppe and Giungato, Pasquale (ed.) 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector (LCA Food 2010). Bari, Italy 22 - 24 Sep 2010 Bari, Italy.
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Life cycle assessment of two Australian pork supply chains

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsWiedemann, Stephen (Author), McGahan, Eugene (Author), Grist, Shelly (Author) and Grant, Tim (Author)
EditorsNotarnicola, Bruno, Settanni, Ettore, Tassielli, Giuseppe and Giungato, Pasquale
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector (LCA Food 2010)
Journal Citation2, pp. 227-232
Number of Pages6
Year2010
Place of PublicationBari, Italy
ISBN9788888793290
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.fsaconsulting.net/fsa/docs/Pork_LCA_2010.pdf
Conference/Event7th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector (LCA Food 2010)
Event Details
7th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector (LCA Food 2010)
Event Date
22 to end of 24 Sep 2010
Event Location
Bari, Italy
Abstract

Australia’s primary industries are under increasing environmental, social and economic pressure to measure and reduce resource use and environmental impacts. For the pork industry, major resource and environmental issues are related to water use, energy use (primary energy – PE) and greenhouse gas emissions (measured as global warming potential – GWP). To address this, a project was conducted to assess of water use, PE, and GWP of two Australian pork supply chains using life cycle assessment. One supply chain was located in southern Australia with pigs grown-out in deep-litter sheds. The second supply chain was located in northern Australia, where all pigs were housed in slatted and flushed sheds. The study investigated pork production through to the point of wholesale distribution of carcasses using the functional unit, '1 kilogram of hot standard carcass weight – HSCW'. Primary energy use in the two supply chains varied from 20.3 – 24.5 MJ/kg HSCW and GWP for the two supply chains measured 3.1 and 5.5 kg CO2-eq./kg HSCW. Waste stream emissions were found to be the major contributor to GWP.

Keywordspigs; pork; energy; GHG; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020300205. Agricultural production systems simulation
350999. Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
389902. Ecological economics
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Byline AffiliationsFSA Consulting, Australia
School of Information Systems
Lifecycle Strategies, Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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