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A preliminary assessment of the greenhouse gases associated with growing media materials - IF0154

Description
This is a preliminary investigation which undertook ‘traditional’ lifecycle assessment and PAS 2050 compliant assessments of CO2 emissions from peat and other substances commonly used in horticultural growing media. The interpretation of the significance of biogenic carbon (i.e. that which is sequestered and re-released within tens of years) vs ancient carbon (i.e. that which is sequestered over thousands of years) is key to drawing conclusions on the impacts of peat use on climate change. Many LCA studies discount biogenic carbon as there is no net emission between its sequestration and re-release to the atmosphere. Both approaches have been reported here.

As with all Defra-funded research projects, the interpretation of the results is that of the contractors.
Project Documents
• Final Report : A preliminary assessment of the greenhouse gases associated with growing media materials   (339k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2008

Cost: £29,663
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Warwick - HRI
Keywords
Horticulture              
Integrated Farming Systems              
Soils              
Sustainable Farming and Food Science              
Sustainable Farming Systems