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In light of environmental concerns about livestock farming and high pressure on profit margins in milk production, dairy farmers face the challenge to produce in an environmentally sustainable, yet competitive way. In this study, we aim to investigate whether and how economic-environmental win-wins can be achieved for dairy farms in the region of Flanders (Belgium). From an environmental viewpoint, we focus on natural resource use (land, water, minerals, fossil resources, etc.), quantifying it through Exergetic Life Cycle Assessment (ELCA). Combining ELCA and frontier analysis, we assess economic and environmental performances of 127 specialized dairy farms by positioning these farms against a best practice frontier.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelProceedings LCA FOR “FEEDING THE PLANET AND ENERGY FOR LIFE” : International conference on Life Cycle Assessment as reference methodology for assessing supply chains and supporting global sustainability challenges
EditorsSimona Scalbi, Arianna Dominici Loprieno, Paolo Sposato
Aantal pagina's4
Plaats productieRome
UitgeverijItalian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)
Publicatiedatumokt-2015
Pagina's1-436
ISBN van elektronische versie978-88-8286-321-0
StatusGepubliceerd - okt-2015
EventInternational conference Expo 2015 LCA for "feeding the planet and energy for life" - Stresa, Italië
Duur: 6-okt-20157-okt-2015
http://www.reteitalianalca.it/attivita/organizzazione-convegni/expo-2015-conference-lca-for-201cfeeding-the-planet-and-energy-for-life201d

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