Reducing Energy Use and Costs in Agriculture
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farming systems
energy audit
life cycle assessment
greenhouse gas emissions

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Guangnan Chen, Gary Sandell, Craig Baillie. Reducing Energy Use and Costs in Agriculture. Glob. J. Energ. Technol. Res. Updat. [Internet]. 2015 Dec. 31 [cited 2024 Feb. 22];2(2):33-8. Available from:


Agriculture and the related primary industry is an increasingly energy demanding sector. Energy is needed to different extent in all the stages of the agri-food chain. In many cases, energy cost may represent a significant proportion of the total agricultural production cost, including the cost of manufacturing and transportation of various chemicals and fertilisers. A modified and standardized energy analysis and benchmarking process is described in this paper. It is shown that energy use in agriculture varies considerably, depending on the cropping enterprise and the farming systems. Opportunities to reduce energy use and costs and greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture are discussed.


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