Evaluating Material Flow Cost Accounting Method for Energy Efficiency in the Forest Sector

Abstract

Resource efficiency is one of the crucial aspects in the production process of public and private sector and it affects society on the road to sustainability. Forest sector, as a sector which works for producing environmentally friendly products through sustainable forest management, is responsible for taking into account the negative environmental impacts produced in its production process, too. Their minimization is demanded so as no externalities are created to society. Several methods have been introduced for the recognition of inefficiencies in the production process which result in the creation of waste and emissions. One of these, Material Flow Cost Accounting, is evaluated in the present research for deciding if it is suitable for finding out the sources which produce the inefficiencies and externalities in the production process of forest sector. The focus is on the production of a service in the forest sector, the one of law enforcement in mountainous areas for securing the minimization of forest crime (for example illegal logging and illegal hunting). Based on the results of the research, it is discussed if it is possible to reduce the material and energy use during this activity and succeed in supplying the society with “clean” produced forest services.



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Konstantinos G. Papaspyropoulos, Laboratory of Forest Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dimitrios Karamanolis, Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote-Sensing, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Athanassios S. Christodoulou, Laboratory of Forest Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Conference: ECSEE2014
Stream: Energy: Environmental Degradation

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