Title: Environmental input-output analysis of the New Zealand dairy industry

Authors: Claire Flemmer

Addresses: School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Turitea Campus, Massey University, 4442 Palmerston North, New Zealand

Abstract: This work presents data and analysis quantifying the total (direct and indirect) resource use and outputs (products and pollutants) of the New Zealand dairy industry for the year April 1997 to March 1998. It also identifies those sectors supplying the dairy industry which make significant indirect contributions to its total inputs and outputs. Although this data is 14 years old, it is the only large-scale, detailed data available. Further, more modern data can be compared with this baseline data. Comparison with the other major New Zealand food and fibre sectors shows that the dairy farming sector has the highest total water consumption and the highest total effluent. It also has high total land use, electricity use and production of animal methane. The dairy processing sector is water and fuel intensive and has high total water effluent and greenhouse gas emissions. The high resource use and pollutants have to be weighed against the enormous economic value of the dairy sectors.

Keywords: dairy processing; dairy farming; land; energy consumption; water consumption; effluent; greenhouse gases; GHG emissions; environmental input-output analysis; EIOA; sustainability; sustainable development; New Zealand; environmental pollution.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2012.050030

International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2012 Vol.15 No.4, pp.313 - 333

Received: 17 Feb 2011
Accepted: 18 Jul 2011

Published online: 25 Oct 2012 *

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