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Energy efficiency in agriculture guide

Sector guide for implementing energy efficiency in the agricultural and horticultural sector


Reducing energy use makes perfect business sense; it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

Energy efficiency in agriculture

Published December 2019

This guide aims to outline energy saving opportunities that are applicable to anyone in the agriculture sector. A number of opportunities that are low or no-cost are highlighted, as well as opportunities for those wishing to make a more significant investment in their operations to increase efficiency and enact energy savings. The guide focuses on potential savings in a farming operation’s electricity consumption and use of fuels for heating which are a considerable cost to the agricultural industry. The first
section of the guide outlines energy savings opportunities that are applicable to all agricultural practices, while the subsequent sections give sector specific energy savings opportunities. 

This 23-page guide on energy efficiency for the agricultural industry is designed to help organisations in the sector implement energy saving opportunities and prioritise investment opportunities.

Guide contents:

  • Introduction
  • Energy consumption in the agricultural sector
  • Low cost/free opportunities for energy savings
  • Heating
  • Ventilation and air circulation
  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration
  • Building fabric and insulation
  • Innovation
  • Sector-specific advice
  • Next steps
  • Go online for further information

Publication date Dec 2019; Publication code CTV077.

Information in this report was correct at the time of publication.

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Further Information

The Carbon Trust has the following specific sector overview publications which may be more relevant to certain sub-sectors:

Energy efficiency support

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund offers energy efficiency support for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

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