Nursery emissions compared in study

A scientific paper published in Science Direct has found that greenhouse gas emissions for the field-grown nursery industry are less than for container-grown plants.

Researchers G and S Lazzerini and FP Nicese used the life cycle assessment methodology. Their analysis revealed that CO2 emissions are higher in container cultivation (26.1-34.7mg per hectare a year) than they are in field cultivation (2.3-6.6mg/ha a year).

Greenhouse horticultural crops were found to emit 2.2-10.3mg/ha a year and arable crop emissions were measured at 6.2mg/ha a year.

Different scenarios were tested for reducing emissions and a 15.5 per cent cut was achieved. Two of the scenarios applied 50 per cent less recycled water usage and 10 per cent of green waste recovery for substrates.

- For further details, see http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2014.02.004.


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