Improving Energy Efficiency in the Agro-food Chain

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For a variety of reasons, energy use in the agro-food sector continues to rise, and in many countries, is highly dependent on fossil fuels, contributing significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore becoming urgent to consider how the food supply chain can improve its energy efficiency. This report analyses ways of improving energy use in the agro-food sector in relation to both producers and consumers, and puts forward a set of policy recommendations that governments can introduce to meet green growth objectives and achieve sustainable development.

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Energy use and energy efficiency opportunities in the downstream food chain

Drawing on existing information which is readily available for OECD and some non-OECD countries, this chapter reviews the current state of knowledge with respect to energy use and efficiency beyond the farm – food processing, food retailing restaurants and catering. Key drivers and trends in the energy use and efficiency are highlighted, along with opportunities for and constraints upon improved efficiencies.

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