Environmental assessment of two pork supply chains using life cycle assessment

Wiedemann, Stephen and McGahan, Eugene and Grist, Shelly and Grant, Tim (2010) Environmental assessment of two pork supply chains using life cycle assessment. RIRDC (09/176). Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Barton, ACT, Australia. ISBN 1-74151-973 X


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.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: ISSN 1440-6845. Access is available via publisher's website: https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/09-176
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2010 02:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: life cycle assessment, climate change, pork supply chain
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150106 Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960603 Environmental Lifecycle Assessment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6740

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