Social life cycle assessment of biodiesel in South Africa : an initial assessment
- Authors: Myaka, N. , Mbohwa, Charles , Myaka, Nonhlanhla
- Date: 2010-11-09
- Subjects: Social life cycle assessment , Biodiesel - South Africa
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:5191 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/14434
- Description: Social impacts of anthropogenic activities are important factor in determining sustainability of production and consumption systems. This paper examines the production and consumption of biodiesel in South Africa, with a view to do an initial assessment of its life cycle social impacts. The methods developed by UNEP and its partners are incorporated. Competition between bio-fuels and food issues are found not to be straightforward especially when by-products of biodiesel production are used as animal feed. Particular social issues in South Africa include, low wage for farm workers, the use of illegal workers from neighboring countries, crime against commercial farmers and child labour. Some additional value addition in the sector can improve wages and living standards while indiscriminate land use can result in increased food prices. It is argued that more work needs to be done to examine these specific impacts and contribute to a better understanding of social LCA.
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Social impacts of biofuels production in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape regions of South Africa
- Authors: Chingono, Tatenda Talent , Mbohwa, Charles
- Date: 2015
- Subjects: Biofuels , Social life cycle assessment
- Language: English
- Type: Conference proceedings
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/72181 , uj:18247 , Citation: Chingono, T.T. & Mbohwa, C. 2015. Social impacts of biofuels production in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape regions of South Africa.
- Description: Abstract: A social life cycle assessment is a social impact assessment technique that aims to assess the social and socioeconomic aspects of products and their positive and negative impacts along their lifecycle. The focus is mainly on the impact on workers and communities at large, where production and consumption generally takes place.This work is justified, mainly because there is growing customer/market pressure on the state of the social and economic circumstances of production and services for products like bio-fuel. Issues like corruption, unionization of workforce, policies and laws in the creation of bio-fuels and its by-products are increasingly being recognised as important as they affect production largely.
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