Economic and environmental analysis of energy efficiency measures in agriculture, Case Studies and trade offs

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This report illustrates case studies with an in-depth analysis of the interactions of energy efficiency measures with farm economics and the environmental impact (GHG) of the measures across Europe. The analyses followed a common methodology considering the farm gate as the system boundary. Therefore, considerable energy use in the post-processing of agricultural products were only taken into account, when they can be assumed to be realized on the farm. The analyses of the energy use, economic and environmental effects follow an LCA approach taking into account all costs of the production, including those for machines according to the concept of “useful life” of the machines used. The environmental effects of energy saving were illustrated with the greenhouse gas emission effect of the energy efficiency measures. The case studies are only a selection of specific energy saving measures across Europe and therefore cannot be regarded as representative for all Europe. Nevertheless, they will help to understand constraints and opportunities for increased energy efficiency in agriculture, which can be used to translate to an agenda of practical action or applied research. The findings are valid sometimes only in the specific regional settings, sometimes they are of general validity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages157
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • agriculture
  • agriculture and environment
  • energy
  • energy consumption
  • efficiency
  • arable farming
  • crop production
  • wheat
  • potatoes
  • cotton
  • rotations
  • farming systems
  • dairy farming systems
  • dairy farming
  • beef production
  • poultry farming
  • broilers
  • pig farming
  • europe
  • greenhouse horticulture

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