Beef (S. America)

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Beef (S. America)
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one kilogram bone-free meat
Total:38.33 kg CO₂e
38,330 gCO₂e
Source: literature review[1]

Beef (S. America) refers to the bone-free meat from cattle raised in South America. The environmental impact information on this page includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are caused by the materials, production, packaging, and transport life cycle stages. It omits the carbon footprint of retail sale and consumer transport, storage, cooking, and disposal. The average or mean carbon footprint or GHG emissions, attributed to the product life-cycle stages from material production to distribution, are 38.33 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram bone-free meat.[1]

The principal source for this carbon footprint information is a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. The data for beef was calculated from 21 global warming potential (GWP) values published in 14 life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. The GWP values for beef had a median of 34.1 kg CO2e. These GWP ranged from 22 to 69.06 and had a standard deviation of 12.48.[1]




Other products

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

Carbon footprints of similar products
Product Total (kg CO2e)
Duck (1 kg) 3.09
Kangaroo (1 kg) 4.1
Chicken (1 kg) 4.12
Rabbit (1 kg) 4.7

See also

  • Meat - comparison of the environmental impacts of meats

References[edit]

  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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.04.082