Sunflower seed

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Sunflower seed
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one kilogram
Total:1.41 kg CO₂e
1,410 gCO₂e
Source: systematic review[1]

Sunflower seed refers to the seed of the sunflower. The environmental impact information on this page includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result from the materials, production, packaging, and transport life cycle stages. It doesn't include the GHG emissions from retail sale and consumer transport, storage, cooking, and disposal. The mean carbon footprint or GHG emissions, attributed to the product life-cycle stages from material production to distribution, are 1.41 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram.[1]

The main source for this environmental impact information is a systematic literature review published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. The authors of the meta-analysis located one global warming potential (GWP) value for sunflower seeds in one life cycle assessment.[1]

Other products

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

Carbon footprints of similar products
Product Total (kg CO2e)
Sunflower seed (1 kg) 1.41

See also

  • Seeds - comparison of the GHG emissions from seeds.


  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