The production of table olives is one of the important agro food sectors in the Mediterranean Area. Both the cultivation and the processing of table olives have increased in recent years. Consumption has also gone up, not only in Mediterranean countries but also in northern Europe and in the USA. As the rise in the production of table olives has caused a considerable increase in the amount of waste generated by processing industries, the environmental impact is considerable. In the table olive sector alone the amount of waste water that has to be treated and disposed of is in excess of 750,000 tons/year. Life Cycle Assessment methodology was applied to highlight the environmental hot spots arising during the production of green table olives, which are processed using the most commonly-used method world-wide: the Spanish-style. The analysis of the input and output materials and energy flows has enabled us to propose a hypothesis for reducing the impact on the environment.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Spanish-style green table olives

CAPPELLETTI, GIULIO MARIO;NICOLETTI, GIUSEPPE MARTINO;RUSSO, CARLO
2010

Abstract

The production of table olives is one of the important agro food sectors in the Mediterranean Area. Both the cultivation and the processing of table olives have increased in recent years. Consumption has also gone up, not only in Mediterranean countries but also in northern Europe and in the USA. As the rise in the production of table olives has caused a considerable increase in the amount of waste generated by processing industries, the environmental impact is considerable. In the table olive sector alone the amount of waste water that has to be treated and disposed of is in excess of 750,000 tons/year. Life Cycle Assessment methodology was applied to highlight the environmental hot spots arising during the production of green table olives, which are processed using the most commonly-used method world-wide: the Spanish-style. The analysis of the input and output materials and energy flows has enabled us to propose a hypothesis for reducing the impact on the environment.
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