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Selection and application of agri-environmental indicators to assess potential technologies for nutrient recovery in agriculture

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    Identifier: imarina:9242310
  • Authors:

    Andrade EP
    Bonmati A
    Esteller LJ
    Brunn S
    Jensen LS
    Meers E
    Anton A
  • Others:

    Author, as appears in the article.: Andrade EP; Bonmati A; Esteller LJ; Brunn S; Jensen LS; Meers E; Anton A
    Department: Enginyeria Química
    URV's Author/s: Jiménez Esteller, Laureano / PEREIRA ANDRADE, EDILENE
    Keywords: Sustainable development Sustainability Recovery Qualitative assessments Qualitative assessment Potential technologies Potential benefits Phosphorus Oils and fats Nutrients Nutrient use efficiency Nutrient recovery Nitrogen Mitigation Livestock systems Livestock farming Livestock Food chain Fertilizers European green deal Europe Environmental technology Environmental sustainability Environmental indicator Environmental impacts Environmental impact Climate change Arable farming Ammonia Agriculture productions Agriculture Agri-environmental indicators Adverse effect qualitative assessment phosphorus nitrogen livestock european green deal environmental impacts
    Abstract: The adverse effects of agriculture and livestock production on the environment are well-known and require mitigation in order to achieve sustainability in the food production chain. This study focused on adverse effects related to biogeochemical flows of phosphorus and nitrogen cycles which natural balances have been greatly disturbed by current practices. To assess the potential benefits and detrimental effects of proposed mitigation measures, adequate impact indicators are required. The challenge lies in identifying and providing indicators that cover the important aspects of environmental sustainability and allow a direct comparison of policy alternatives. A review of potential indicators that are also consistent with those used to indicate the performance of agricultural and general sustainability (i.e. the European Green Deal) led to the selection of fifteen agri-environmental indicators covering the main environmental issues in agriculture. The indicators identified offered an effective representation of environmental behaviour and would be useful in communicating a comprehensive ‘dashboard’ for professional end users of solutions to nutrient recovery and nutrient efficiency improvement in arable and livestock systems. The selected dashboard indicators (DBI) covered the dimensions of ‘use of primary resources’, ‘emissions to the environment’ and ‘resilience to climate change’. Five case studies were investigated to test the DBI using an Excel questionnaire applying the qualitative approach of the Delphi method together with expert knowledge. As expected, the results indicated that there were potential benefits of the technologies in terms of improved ‘nutrient recovery’ and decreased ‘nitrate leaching’. Potential disadvantages included increased electricity and oil consumption and greater ammonia volatilisation due to the increased use of organic fertilisers. The indicator ‘water’ received more neutral responses; thus, the specific technology was not expected to consistently affect the indicator. In relation to ‘particulate matter’, the results were indicated to be ‘unknown’ for some solutions due to the difficulty of predicting this indicator. Furthermore, methodologies for estimating quantitative values for the dashboard indicators were proposed, and a quantitative assessment was performed for the solution ‘catch crops to recover nutrients’, confirming the responses in the qualitative assessment. The dashboard indicators selected covered the main aspects of the solutions, identified in more comprehensive studies of environmental impacts, as being suitable for the rapid assessment of technologies for nutrient recovery in agriculture. As such, they can be used as a pre-screening method for technologies designed to improve the environmental sustainability of arable and livestock systems. © 2021
    Thematic Areas: Zootecnia / recursos pesqueiros Sociología Saúde coletiva Química Planejamento urbano e regional / demografia Nutrição Medicina veterinaria Medicina ii Medicina i Interdisciplinar Geografía Geociências General decision sciences Environmental sciences Engenharias iv Engenharias iii Engenharias ii Engenharias i Ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics Ecology Decision sciences (miscellaneous) Decision sciences (all) Ciencias sociales Ciências biológicas ii Ciências biológicas i Ciências ambientais Ciências agrárias i Ciência de alimentos Biotecnología Biodiversidade Antropologia / arqueologia Administração pública e de empresas, ciências contábeis e turismo
    licence for use: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/
    Author's mail: edilene.pereira@urv.cat laureano.jimenez@urv.cat
    Author identifier: 0000-0001-8910-4911 0000-0002-3186-7235
    Record's date: 2024-01-13
    Papper version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
    Link to the original source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X21011365
    Papper original source: Ecological Indicators. 134 108471-
    APA: Andrade EP; Bonmati A; Esteller LJ; Brunn S; Jensen LS; Meers E; Anton A (2022). Selection and application of agri-environmental indicators to assess potential technologies for nutrient recovery in agriculture. Ecological Indicators, 134(), 108471-. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108471
    Licence document URL: http://repositori.urv.cat/ca/proteccio-de-dades/
    Article's DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108471
    Entity: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
    Journal publication year: 2022
    Publication Type: Journal Publications
  • Keywords:

    Decision Sciences (Miscellaneous),Ecology,Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics,Environmental Sciences
    Sustainable development
    Sustainability
    Recovery
    Qualitative assessments
    Qualitative assessment
    Potential technologies
    Potential benefits
    Phosphorus
    Oils and fats
    Nutrients
    Nutrient use efficiency
    Nutrient recovery
    Nitrogen
    Mitigation
    Livestock systems
    Livestock farming
    Livestock
    Food chain
    Fertilizers
    European green deal
    Europe
    Environmental technology
    Environmental sustainability
    Environmental indicator
    Environmental impacts
    Environmental impact
    Climate change
    Arable farming
    Ammonia
    Agriculture productions
    Agriculture
    Agri-environmental indicators
    Adverse effect
    qualitative assessment
    phosphorus
    nitrogen
    livestock
    european green deal
    environmental impacts
    Zootecnia / recursos pesqueiros
    Sociología
    Saúde coletiva
    Química
    Planejamento urbano e regional / demografia
    Nutrição
    Medicina veterinaria
    Medicina ii
    Medicina i
    Interdisciplinar
    Geografía
    Geociências
    General decision sciences
    Environmental sciences
    Engenharias iv
    Engenharias iii
    Engenharias ii
    Engenharias i
    Ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics
    Ecology
    Decision sciences (miscellaneous)
    Decision sciences (all)
    Ciencias sociales
    Ciências biológicas ii
    Ciências biológicas i
    Ciências ambientais
    Ciências agrárias i
    Ciência de alimentos
    Biotecnología
    Biodiversidade
    Antropologia / arqueologia
    Administração pública e de empresas, ciências contábeis e turismo
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