Opportunities of adopting renewable energy for the nursery industry in Australia

Chen, Guangnan and Schmidt, Erik and Maraseni, Tek and Bundschuh, Jochen and Banhazi, Thomas and Antille, Diogones L. (2017) Opportunities of adopting renewable energy for the nursery industry in Australia. In: Geothermal, wind and solar energy applications in agriculture and aquaculture. Sustainable Energy Developments (13). Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 115-126. ISBN 978-1-138-02970-5

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In Australia, the nursery and garden industry provides significant economic, cultural, social and environmental benefits to the community (NGIA, 2014). The production nurseries support a diverse array of industries and end users, including retail outlets, landscapers, cut-flower growers, orchardists, vegetable growers, interiorscapers, sustainable forestry and revegetation enterprises.
Overall, the gross value of production (GVP) of the broad 'nursery, flower and turf' industry in
Australia is A$1271 million, which is 17% of the total GVP of Australian horticultural industry (ABS, 2013).

Amenity horticulture is currently one of the fastest growing industries in Australia (NGIA, 2009). Energy use efficiency has also become increasingly important due to the increasing cost and scarcity of energy sources and also the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions causing
global warming (Bundschuh and Chen, 2014; Chen and Baillie, 2009a). The horticultural sector contributes about 6% of the total agriculturalGHGemissions in Australia (Deuter, 2008). Nursery operators are thus under increasing pressure to reduce their energy and carbon footprint. By improving energy efficiency and using clean energy sources, the nursery industry can drive down their carbon footprint (Abeliotis et al., 2015; Beccaro et al., 2014; Lazzerini et al., 2014; Russo et al., 2008), and also simultaneously increase their bottom line.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited 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: 05 Jan 2018 05:41
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 00:17
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0706 Horticultural Production > 070601 Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820209 Ornamentals, Natives, Flowers and Nursery Plants
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33243

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