A comparative analysis of relevant crop carbon footprint calculators, with reference to cotton production in Australia

Visser, Francois, Dargusch, Paul, Smith, Carl, & Grace, Peter R. (2014) A comparative analysis of relevant crop carbon footprint calculators, with reference to cotton production in Australia. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 38(8), pp. 962-992.

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An increasing concern over the sustainability credentials of food and fiber crops require that farmers and their supply chain partners have access to appropriate and industry-friendly tools to be able to measure and improve the outcomes. This article focuses on one of the sustainability indicators, namely, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and nine internationally accredited carbon footprint calculators were identified and compared on an outcomes basis against the same cropping data from a case study cotton farm. The purpose of this article is to identify the most “appropriate” methodology to be applied by cotton suppliers in this regard. From the analysis of the results, we subsequently propose a new integrated model as the basis for an internationally accredited carbon footprint tool for cotton and show how the model can be applied to evaluate the emission outcomes of different farming practices.

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ID Code: 76314
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Carbon Footprint Calculators, Agriculture GHG Emissions, Carbon Sequestration, Crop Carbon Footprints
DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2014.923799
ISSN: 2168-3573
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2014 23:29
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 15:01

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