Life cycle assessment of two Australian pork supply chains

Wiedemann, Stephen and McGahan, Eugene and Grist, Shelly and Grant, Tim (2010) Life cycle assessment of two Australian pork supply chains. In: 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector (LCA Food 2010), 22-24 Sep 2010, Bari, Italy.

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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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 08:12
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: pigs; pork; energy; GHG; Australia
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070103 Agricultural Production Systems Simulation
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 83 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 8398 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production > 839899 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production not elsewhere classified

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