Assessing the environmental benefits of practice change using the CaneLCA eco-efficiency calculator

Renouf, M. A., Schroeder, B. L., Price, N. and Allsopp, P. G. (2013). Assessing the environmental benefits of practice change using the CaneLCA eco-efficiency calculator. In: R. C. Bruce, Proceedings of the 35th Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. ASSCT 2013: Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Townsville, QLD, Australia, (1-13). 16-18 April, 2013.

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Author Renouf, M. A.
Schroeder, B. L.
Price, N.
Allsopp, P. G.
Title of paper Assessing the environmental benefits of practice change using the CaneLCA eco-efficiency calculator
Conference name ASSCT 2013: Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Conference location Townsville, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 16-18 April, 2013
Convener Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 35th Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Mackay Mail Center, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781629939155
ISSN 0726-0822
Editor R. C. Bruce
Volume 35
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Many sugar industry programs, such as BSES’s SmartCane program and the Reef Rescue ABCD Framework, promote progressive cane-growing practices. While the economic implications of transition towards progressive practices are starting to be understood, less is known about the environmental implications. Here, we use environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) to assess the eco-efficiency of different practice-change scenarios, across a range of impact categories – fossil energy input, greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint), water use, and water quality indicators. The recently developed CaneLCA Eco-efficiency Calculator was employed to compare progressive practices against conventional practices for Wet Tropics, Central and Southern regions, using published descriptions of practice change. The results show that many progressive practices, such as those currently described by the ABCD framework, can lead to improved environmental efficiency across all impact categories. However, others may come with some environmental trade-offs. This work provides a preliminary examination of the environmental implications of practice change. It also demonstrates how CaneLCA can be used to understand and manage such trade-offs so that practice change can optimised to maximise the benefits while minimising the trade-offs.
Keyword Environmental impact
Eco-efficiency
Practice change
Carbon footprint
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