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Energy and Climate Footprinting

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Through SAREP’s Energy and Climate Footprinting work, we assess the entirety of the food production and supply chain to identify energy and emissions "hotspots", evaluate the impacts of new practices and technologies, and assess trade-offs between interventions at different stages of the supply chain for selected categories of foods.

Does it require more energy to produce tomato sauce in California and ship it to consumers all over the U.S., or for consumers to buy tomato sauce produced in their own region?

How can beekeepers reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with honey production and crop pollination?

Every stage of the food system — production, processing, distribution, retail, preparation, and waste handling — has greenhouse gas emissions associated with it.  Developing a sustainable food system requires a cradle-to-grave accounting of the benefits and impacts all along the food supply chain. 

By gauging the footprint of agricultural products, growers and distributors can clearly understand where emissions are highest and lowest, and how to focus emission reduction at points of greatest possible impact.    

Farmers focused on reducing GHG emissions are not only improving their energy efficiency, they are positioning themselves for a budding California carbon market and an increasingly climate-smart consumer market.

Through SAREP’s Energy and Climate Footprinting work, we assess the entirety of the food production and supply chain to identify energy and emissions "hotspots", evaluate the impacts of new practices and technologies, and assess trade-offs between interventions at different stages of the supply chain for selected categories of foods.

Project Portfolio 

Event Details

Project Portfolio
  • Lifecycle assessment esearch overview and literature
  • Honey carbon footprint calculator and report
  • California-grown almonds life cycle assessment
  • Comparing the energy footprint of local vs. long-distance produce

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