Social life cycle assessment of average Irish dairy farm

Social life cycle assessment of average Irish dairy farm Int J Life Cycle Assess (2017) 22:1459–1472 DOI 10.1007/s11367-016-1250-2 SOCIETAL LCA 1 1 Wenhao Chen & Nicholas M. Holden Received: 11 June 2016 /Accepted: 9 December 2016 /Published online: 24 December 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 Abstract better handling methods and using real time decision support Purpose The majority of sustainability studies of dairy farms to operational management for emissions reduction. focused on environmental performance and profitability; how- Conclusions This study is the first attempt of social LCA in ever, social aspect has been hardly assessed. This study aims Ireland. It demonstrated a possible method to carry out SLCA to investigate the social impacts of dairy farm via a case study for Irish dairy sector. The results identified the positive and using a social life cycle assessment framework. negative social hotspot of dairy farm with recommendation for Methods The assessment was carried out applying the social future improvement. LCA Guideline by UNEP-SETAC. Nineteen suitable social . . indicators were selected from four stakeholder categories of Keywords Milk production Social hotspot Social life cycle the guideline. Characterization and normalization were further assessment Sustainability developed based on data availability. National farm survey data was used as foreground data for farm activities, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment Springer Journals

Social life cycle assessment of average Irish dairy farm

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Environment; Environment, general; Environmental Economics; Environmental Engineering/Biotechnology; Environmental Chemistry
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