The global demand for milk and dairy products is expected to increase because of population growth and changes in human diets. To meet future demand for milk and dairy products we need to increase productivity, reduce environment pressure and maintain economic farm viability. Current dairy farming practices that eliminate inefficiencies and achieve highest level of economic performance per unit of environmental impact need to be identified. Such farming practices can be used as benchmarks to improve eco-efficiency of the European dairy sector. Eco-efficiency refers to the delivery of competitively priced goods that satisfy human needs while reducing environmental impacts and resource intensity. Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) is a commonly used benchmarking technique that enables calculations of efficiency score by taking into account multiple indicators simultaneously. Using DEA, this study showed the potential to benchmark eco-efficiency of specialized dairy farms using a reduced set of environmental indicators instead of using a full set, substantially reducing data-requirements.
|Title of host publication||Conference Handbook 28th European conference on operational research|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||28th European Conference on Operational Research - Poznan, Poland|
Duration: 3 Jul 2016 → 6 Jul 2016
|Conference||28th European Conference on Operational Research|
|Period||3/07/16 → 6/07/16|