How horticulture generates CO2

Like any industry hoticulture generates CO2 from its operations. Commercial premises and glass-houses for producing crops require heat, energy and light. Transport of goods through the supply chain generates CO2 through vehicle fuel. Machinery and plant required in the manufacture of garden goods requires energy. In spite of the environmental benefit of the plants and trees the industry produces, our industry has a part to play in moving the country to net zero as soon as possible.

What is the industry doing

Typically around 60 grammes of CO2 is produced for every kilometer a tonne of road freight travels.  And with the cost of fuel substantial, efficiency in the distribution of goods presents huge opportunities.  Many commercial growers now share freight arrangements for getting their plants to retailers in a cost and carbon efficient manner. In retail, many garden centres have begin to invest in LED lighting which provides not only a superior shopping experience, but also substantial energy savings.

Perhaps one of the biggest opportunities to increase productivity and decarbonise is through the modernisation of the UK's glass-house production. Some commercial growers have been able to make capital investments such as on-site biomass energy generation, in highly sopisticated climate control systems, and other innovations. We're arguing the case to government for accelerating this investment by providing greater access to tax breaks, fiscal incentives and pragmatic application of planning regulations that are available to other sectors in the economy. Working together, we see our industry leading the way in the UK's journey to net zero.

How to guide on CO2, Energy and Garden Retail

In August 2021, we published a handy how-to guide to help garden retailers look at reducing their carbon footprints, with tips to get started without having to do detailed measuring and converting to CO2 equivalent emissions.

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