Assessment of aggregated indicators of sustainability using PCA: the case of apple trade in Spain

Soler Rovira, José and Soler Rovira, Pedro (2009). Assessment of aggregated indicators of sustainability using PCA: the case of apple trade in Spain. In: "6th International conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector. Towards a sustainable management of the food chain.", 12-14 noviembre 2008, Zurich (Switzerland). ISBN 978-3-905733-10-5.

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Title: Assessment of aggregated indicators of sustainability using PCA: the case of apple trade in Spain
Author/s:
  • Soler Rovira, José
  • Soler Rovira, Pedro
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 6th International conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector. Towards a sustainable management of the food chain.
Event Dates: 12-14 noviembre 2008
Event Location: Zurich (Switzerland)
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 6th International conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector. Towards a sustainable management of the food chain.
Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-3-905733-10-5
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: ecological footprint, economic impact, environmental indicators, life cycle assessment, multivariate analysis, social impact, sustainability.
Faculty: E.U.I.T. Agrícolas (UPM)
Department: Producción Vegetal: Fitotecnia [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - Non commercial - Share

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Abstract

Environmental, economic and social impacts of intensive agricultural production, but also those regarding to international trade of fresh apples in Spain, were studied by the multivariate statistical method of principal components analysis (PCA). Environmental indicators were developed for 36 countries using life cycle analysis of apple cultivation and transport, weighting the results on a global or local scale. Economic and social indicators were also calculated considering macro and microeconomic aspects and also farm or society characteristics. PCA was applied to each set of indicators and aggregated indices were computed for each dimension of sustainability with the results of the analysis. The selected indicators explained with good agreement the differences in sustainability between countries and the synthetic indices ranked them all. Some of them showed a high relative sustainability, while other presented low values, due to low environmental, economic or social sustainability values of the aggregated indices.

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Item ID: 2461
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/2461/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:2461
Deposited by: Profesor J. Soler Rovira
Deposited on: 03 Mar 2010 13:22
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 12:09
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