Reducing energy use and costs in agriculture

Chen, Guangnan and Sandell, Gary and Baillie, Craig (2015) Reducing energy use and costs in agriculture. Global Journal of Energy Technology Research Updates, 2 (2). pp. 33-38.


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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 00:26
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 04:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture; farming systems; energy; energy audit; life cycle assessment; greenhouse gas emissions
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
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
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.15377/2409-5818.2015.02.02.1

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