Research Team Wins Grant Funds

Friday, 2 October 2015

A collaborative supply chain study, with a focus on pre-farm inputs, using Life Cycle Assessment

Research Team Wins Grant Funds

Along with a team of researchers, Newcastle Business School Associate Professor, Frank Agbola has been successful in winning $50,000 through a nationally competitive grant from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

Agricultural industries in Australia operate in an internationally competitive environment and face increasing pressure to demonstrate environmentally conscientiousness. This study aims to enhance agricultural supply chains with a view to addressing the fundamental issue of greenhouse gas emissions in the grain industry in Australia.

In particular, this study focuses on updating pre-farm and on-farm emissions profiles for grains and utilising Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to provide, for the first time, Australian based impact assessment of fertiliser formulation, manufacture and use in the Australian grain industry and to determine the cost effectiveness of different management options for broader environmental improvement in Australia.

Associate Professor Agbola has teamed up with Associate Professor Michael Stockenhuber from UON, The Centre for Balanced Land Use, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) on this project.

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