Greenhouse Gas and Energy Footprint of California Almond Production

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This report explores the climate impact and energy use of almond production in California, from nursery to farm gate.

Using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach to assess energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in almond production, the study shows that energy production from almond waste biomass (prunings and cleared trees) has the potential to further improve the environmental performance of almond production systems, and even make the almond industry carbon neutral, or carbon negative, if fully exploited.

Almond production systems in California have the potential to contribute to global CO2 sequestration and carbon-neutral energy production. It is likely that many individual almond production operations where certain conditions for biomass-based electricity cogeneration are met, may already be greenhouse gas negative.

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This is a technical report, and has not been peer reviewed.