Archive for the ‘Carbon footprinting’ Category

Friends of the Earth view on Sustainable land use and diet

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Countryfile Sunday 29th April: Tom Heap is on the opposite side of the country, finding out why we are still digging up one of our greatest natural defences against climate change, peat.

This week on Countryfile, Tom Heap is on the opposite side of the country, finding out why we are still digging up one of our greatest natural defences against climate change, peat.

 

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions /energy and biodiversity

Tuomisto H L, Hodge I D, Riordan P and Macdonald D W (2012). Comparing energy balances, greenhouse gas balances and biodiversity impacts of contrasting farming systems with alternative land uses, Agricultural Systems 108 (2012) 42–49

Conclusions  Even though the conventional systems had the highest energy inputs and GHG emissions per food product output, the whole farm energy and GHG balances were far more favourable for the conventional systems compared to the organic systems once the availability of extra land was taken into account. The results also suggest that integrated farming systems that use the best practices for producing high yields while using environmentally beneficial farming practices can lead to more favourable whole farm energy and GHG balances and the lowest negative impacts on biodiversity compared to organic and conventional systems.

 

I think its called sustainable intensification !!

Tesco Carbon Labelling

In  February 2012 we reported on Tesco’s announcement, as covered by the Guardian and others, that it would no longer be putting carbon labels on its products.  However, since then Tesco has published a letter in the Grocer, clarifying its position.  In summary, while it will no longer be providing consumer-facing labels, Tesco will be continuing with its carbon footprinting activities and is still committed to  reducing the embedded carbon emissions in the products it sells by 30% by 2020, and to finding ways to help customers reduce their carbon footprints by 50% by 2020.

Government Carbon Plan for climate change Consultation

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/What we do/A low carbon UK/1358-the-carbon-plan.pdf