Agriculture: Energy Use and Conservation

Authored by: Guangnan Chen , Tek Narayan Maraseni

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120046114

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Abstract

Effective energy use and conservation are becoming increasingly important in the context of rising energy costs and concerns over greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This entry reviews the methods of energy audit and compares the energy use and conservation for different farming systems and practices, including machinery operation, tillage practice, and irrigation methods. Opportunities for adopting new technologies such as renewable energy and biotechnology to reduce farming energy inputs and impacts of GHG emissions are also discussed.

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