Refrigeration

Food refrigeration: What is the contribution to Greenhouse Gas emissions and how might emissions be reduced?

This paper looks at what this means in terms of refrigeration’s contribution to UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, at how this reliance on refrigeration has come about and what the consequences might be as regards future trends and associated emissions.

Today’s food system is built upon refrigeration. For many foods, refrigeration is a feature of almost every stage in the supply chain. This paper looks at what this means in terms of refrigeration’s contribution to UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, at how this reliance on refrigeration has come about and what the consequences might be as regards future trends and associated emissions. It looks at how we might be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with food refrigeration both by improving the greenhouse gas efficiency of the equipment itself and, as a culture, by reducing our dependence on the cold chain.

Author(s)
Tara Garnett
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