Benchmarking report of direct Energy consumption in Australian irrigated cotton production - Executive Summary

Date Issued:2015-06-15


This benchmarking report presents direct energy data (diesel and electricity use) collected on irrigated Australian cotton farms. The outcomes from this benchmarking study clearly highlight that there are opportunities for growers to identify practices where energy consumption is high, and implement strategies to reduce direct energy use on farm.

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  • Energy use efficiency & carbon

    Energy is one of the fastest growing costs for cotton growers, with electricity and diesel accounting for a significant proportion of total farm input costs. Energy (electricity, diesel and fertiliser) is also the major contributor to a cotton farm's GHG emissions.