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THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF ORGANIC DAIRYING IN EUROPE

Hietala, Sanna Maria; Kurppa, Sirpa and Hermansen, John E. (2014) THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF ORGANIC DAIRYING IN EUROPE. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 251-254.

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Dairy farming is the largest agricultural contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. In this study, the carbon footprint of organic dairying was evaluated by the means of life cycle assessment. Carbon footprint was calculated using real farm data from six European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy and United Kingdom. Total of 34 farms were analyzed. Assessment was carried out with attributional approach with system boundaries from cradle to farm gate. For the dairy production, functional unit of 1 kg of energy corrected milk was used. Results averaged to 1.04 ± 0.29 kg CO2 equivalents per kg of energy corrected milk, which is consistent with recent previous studies. Main contributor to this is enteric fermentation from producing animals, resulting in 43 % of total GHG emissions, which is consistent with previous studies.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic milk, dairying, carbon footprint, greenhouse gas, LCA
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishDairyinghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_10274
EnglishOrganic agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
Englishlife cycle analysishttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9000105
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: European Union > SOLID
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:266367
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Related Links:http://www.solidairy.eu
Deposited By: Hietala, Ms Sanna Maria
ID Code:23839
Deposited On:28 Oct 2014 13:49
Last Modified:28 Oct 2014 13:50
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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