Lifecycle analysis of 5 agricultural methods shows green vertical farming outperforms other agricultural methods by reducing CO2 outputs towards 70%.
As you know we are all about sustainable vertical farming. It is for this reason that we did an extensive life cycle assessment on the emission levels of CO2 for different farming methods. We were happily surprised that the outcomes of the research confirm that sustainable vertical farming has by far the least CO2 emissions of all farming methods researched.
We are delighted to share this research with you and hope you will work with us to not only innovate the farming industry, but help us mitigate the upcoming food crises by providing healthy, sustainable safe and affordable food.
You can download the report here: DOWNLOAD REPORT We are planning more research as well as rolling out the first farms in 2019.
The agricultural sector emits around six billion tonnes of GHGs in 2011 or about 13% of total global emissions. The agricultural sector is the world’s largest emitter, after the energy sector. (Russell, 2014)The report sets out a comparative life cycle assessment in five different agricultural systems from farm to distribution center for lettuce production. It demonstrates the potential of green vertical farming in mitigation and resilience of food production focusing on the CO2 emissions and resource use efficiency of different agricultural methods: green vertical farming, conventional vertical farming, advanced greenhouse, conventional greenhouse and open field agriculture. The emission reduction from energy use improvements, renewable energy sources and full recycling of waste energy is at the core of the sustainable development solution in vertical farming. This represents up to 98% of total emission reductions to around 160 kgCO2eq for each ton of harvested lettuce as compared to 540 kgCO2eq for open field agriculture.