Spanish lemon sector aims to further reduce carbon footprint

Source: Fresh Plaza

Although Spain’s lemon industry is a net fixer of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and its carbon footprint is favorable, the industry could promote even greater CO2 fixation in the future. That’s one of the conclusions from a recent report from the Lemon and Grapefruit Interprofessional Association (AILIMPO).

AILIMPO has indicated a series of recommendations; if implemented in the coming years, they will improve the current levels of CO2 fixation. Some of these recommendations are:

  • Continued innovation in irrigation efficiency and optimizing the use of water and fertilizers (especially nitrogen fertilizers)
  • Increasing soil organic matter
  • Promotion of organic farming. The limitation of nitrogen fertilization to organic amendments, the scarce phytosanitary treatments and the maintenance of a better soil structure have an impact on a greater fixation of CO2 in the soil and the generation of lower emissions.
  • Promotion of biological and biotechnological control to reduce the number of phytosanitary treatments
  • Selection of electricity suppliers with a guarantee of origin that offers a high percentage of renewable sources (even 100%)
  • Generation of renewable energy on farms to cover the electricity needs of irrigation installations
  • Modernization of agricultural machinery
  • Renewal of vehicle fleets for others with lower emissions and even using alternative energies to fossil fuels
  • Training goods drivers in efficient driving
  • Carrying out energy audits and carbon footprint analysis
  • Investments in renewable energies
  • Energy valuation of organic waste

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