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Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one kilogram
Total:0.92 kg CO₂e
920 gCO₂e
Source: meta-analysis[1]

Asparagus refers to the vegetable known as asparagus. The environmental impact information on this page includes GHG emissions that occur as a result of the materials, production, packaging, and transport life cycle stages. It does not include the environmental impact of retail sale and consumer transport, storage, cooking, and disposal. The average (mean) carbon footprint or GHG emissions, attributed to the product life-cycle stages from material production to distribution, are 0.92 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram.[1]

The primary source for this environmental impact information is a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. The data for asparagus was calculated from 28 global warming potential (GWP) values published in five life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. The GWP values for asparagus had a median of 0.83 kg CO2e. These GWP ranged from 0.18 to 2.54 and had a standard deviation of 0.49.[1]

Other products

The table below lists products in the vegetable category with the lowest total GHG emissions.

Carbon footprints of similar products
Product Total (kg CO2e)
Celery (1 kg) 0.18
Onion (1 kg) 0.18
Potato (1 kg) 0.2
Carrot (1 kg) 0.22

See also

  • Vegetables - comparison of the GHG emissions from vegetables.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 S.J. Clune, E. Crossin, K. Verghese. Systematic review of greenhouse gas emissions for different fresh food categories. J. Clean. Prod., 140 (Part 2) (2016), pp. 766–783