Eco-efficiency measurement in agricultural production. A case study on citrus fruits production

Javier Ribal, Neus Sanjuán, Gabriela Clemente, María Loreto Fenollosa

Abstract

The eco-efficiency can be defined by using the “economic value/environmental impacts” ratio. In this study the eco-efficiency of orange production in the Comunidad Valenciana was assessed. 24 scenarios of orange production were built regarding their agricultural practices. For every scenario the environmental impacts were assessed by means of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as well as the economic value added. The results have been referred to 1 kg oranges. The integration of the economic and environmental assessments was made through Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Among the scenarios scored as eco-efficient, those with organic production prevailed.

Keywords

Eco-efficiency; Data Envelopment Analysis; Life Cycle Assessment; Citrus fruits

Subject classification

Q10, Q51.

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