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Climate change adaptation strategy in the food industry - insights from product carbon and water footprints


Ridoutt, B and Sanguansri, P and Bonney, L and Crimp, S and Lewis, G and Lim-Camacho, L, Climate change adaptation strategy in the food industry - insights from product carbon and water footprints, Climate, 4, (2) Article 26. ISSN 2225-1154 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/cli4020026


Climate change adds an additional layer of complexity that needs to be considered in business strategy. For firms in the food industry, many of the important climate impacts are not directly related to food processing so a value chain approach to adaptation is recommended. However, there is a general lack of operational tools to support this. In this study, carbon and water footprints were conducted at a low-precision screening level in three case studies in Australia: Smith’s potato chips, OneHarvest Calypso™ mango and selected Treasury Wine Estates products. The approach was cost-effective when compared to high-definition studies intended to support environmental labels and declarations, yet provided useful identification of physical, financial, regulatory and reputational hotspots related to climate change. A combination of diagnostic footprinting, downscaled climate projection and semi-quantitative value chain analysis is proposed as a practical and relevant toolkit to inform climate adaptation strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:greenhouse gas, life cycle assessment, mango, potato, value chain, wine
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Bonney, L (Associate Professor Laurie Bonney)
UTAS Author:Lewis, G (Dr Gemma Lewis)
ID Code:108783
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-05-05
Last Modified:2017-04-24
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