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From global production to local consumption

Looking beyond local borders by applying a consumption-based accounting to assess Denmark’s food-related environmental footprint. PhD defence, Friday 29 January 2021, Albert Kwame Osei-Owusu.

2021.01.29 | Nanna Maria Elgaard Pedersen

Albert Kwame Osei-Owusu

Albert Kwame Osei-Owusu researches consumption- and production-based accounting of the GHG and resource footprints related to Denmark’s food consumption and trade. Consumption-based accounting is applied to examine the extent to which food consumption in Denmark drives GHG emissions, land and water use within Danish borders and overseas in the last two decades at national and sub-national levels. Lastly, pathways to mitigate food-related global GHG emissions and natural resource depletion, ranging from improvement of food production efficiency and productivity to changes in danish diets are explored. Results provide relevant information on pathways towards sustainable food production and consumption for policymakers and consumers in Denmark that has positive ramifications on both national and global GHG mitigation and resource efficiency.

The PhD study was completed at the Department of Environmental Science (Eco-Industrial System Analysis (EISA) research group), Faculty of Technical Sciences. Aarhus University

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 29 January 2021 at 13.00
The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Professor Marianne Thomsen (mth@envs.au.dk).
Title of PhD thesis:
Assessing Denmark’s global food trade-related environmental impacts

Contact information:
Albert Kwame Osei-Owusu, e-mail: akoo@envs.au.dk, tel.: +45 718 47 106
Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Arnold Tukker, Scientific director and head of the department of Industrial Ecology, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
Senior Adviser Adolf Acquaye, Reader in Sustainability and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee, Kent Business School, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Chair: Senior researcher, Marianne Zandersen, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Marianne Thomsen, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

Dr. Dario Caro, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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