Tips to reduce emissions

At Greenfleet we believe that we all need to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not just offset them, to reach the low carbon future our society and planet need to survive.

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Tips to reduce emissions


What's the issue?

All food contains embedded energy, which is the energy that has been consumed to grow, process, package, transport and warehouse your food before it reaches you.

Agriculture contributed 16.3% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 (Australia's National Greenhouse Accounts - National Inventory 2007, released June 2009) and we each need to take responsibility for a portion of those emissions embedded in the food we consume.

Other embedded emissions are not so easy to quantify, but rest assured they exist.

How to avoid and reduce emissions

  • Cut down on processed foods.  Reducing your consumption of highly processed foods reduces the demand for all the energy consumed along the food production chain, not to mention the health benefits.

  • Cut down on meat.  Livestock accounted for 69.3% of all agriculture emissions in 2007, or more than 10% of Australia's total emissions.

  • Don't cook or buy more than you need.  Throwing out excess food wastes money and creates greenhouse emissions - see the Waste section for more information.

  • Buy local produce.  You may have heard of food miles...  this is the distance that food is transported between the original grower and the point of sale.  By reducing food miles we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated through transport.

  • Local produce also reaches you fresher, so should need less chemical treatment to prolong shelf-life.  Which leads us to our next point...

  • Buy organic or low-chemical options.  The increasing use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides has contributed to an increase in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions since 1990.  By increasing demand for organic and low- or no-chemical production we can help drive these industries and greenhouse gas reductions.

  • Reduce your organic waste.  Do you throw away lots of leftovers or rotten fruit, vegetables or meat? Monitor your consumption patterns and reduce the amount you buy in the future.

  • Compost fruit and vegetable waste and re-use it in your garden. As organic waste breaks down in landfill it does so without oxygen and produces methane (CH4), which has a global warming impact 21 times that of carbon dioxide. Composting is a great way to put your food scraps to good use.

Offset the rest

Emissions associated with food are difficult to quantify, due to variability between different sources, growing and processing techniques, food miles, and more.  We recommend you reduce your impact as much as possible using the tips above and then offset other areas of your life.

Offset your emissions