Improving energy efficiency in agriculture

Chen, Guangnan and Sandell, Gary and Baillie, Craig (2014) Improving energy efficiency in agriculture. In: 18th World Congress of the International Commission of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR 2014): Upgrading the Quality of our Life, 16-19 Sep 2014, Beijing, China.

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Abstract

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 up to 20-50% of the total agricultural production cost, including the cost of manufacturing and transportation of various chemicals and fertilisers. Australia's electricity costs have already increased by 80% in the last 5 years, and are expecting a further increase of 20% or more in the next few years. It is shown that energy use in agriculture varies considerably, depending on the cropping enterprise and the farming systems. There are significant opportunities to reduce energy, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. There are also significant inconsistences and access issues for the on-farm energy use data in and between different industries. Standardised energy analysis and benchmarking process is developed. The implications of changing energy sources and practices on future GHG emissions and economic impacts are discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2014 CIGR. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 01:35
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 00:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy benchmarking; farming systems; greenhouse gas emissions
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26896

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