Life cycle assessment in the food supply chain:a case study

McCarthy, David, Matopoulos, Aristides and Davies, Philip (2015). Life cycle assessment in the food supply chain:a case study. International Journal of Logistics, 18 (2), pp. 140-154.

Abstract

This research aims at assessing the environmental impact of the poultry supply chain from cradle to grave using case study research and also life cycle assessment (LCA). While a limited number of generic poultry production LCA studies have been published, fewer yet assess the whole process of a specific organisation, none comparing the increased impact of further processing. Our results show that irrespectively of the impact assessment method utilised, the process of producing portions is considerably higher in total environmental impact due to the extra raw material required to produce the same mass into retail. Our research contributes to the growing number of LCA studies and could be used by practitioners for comparison against national and international averages. From a theoretical point of view, this research provides new insights into the relationship between vertically integrated supply chains and environmental performance which has not been examined in the past.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13675567.2014.997197
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mechanical engineering & design
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications on 03/02/15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13675567.2014.997197
Uncontrolled Keywords: cradle-to-grave,environmental impact,food supply chain,life cycle assessment,transport,vertical integration,Management Information Systems,Management Science and Operations Research,Control and Systems Engineering,Information Systems,Computer Science Applications
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 567.2014.997197
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Date: 2015
Authors: McCarthy, David
Matopoulos, Aristides ( 0000-0002-5083-0534)
Davies, Philip

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