Eating energy: Identifying possibilities for reduced energy use in the future food supply system
2009 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, Vol. 37, no 12, 5803-5813 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper explores the possibilities for reducing future energy use for eating to a sustainable level. A backcasting approach is used to generate an image of the future where energy use for eating is 60% lower in 2050 than in 2000. The currently known potential to reduce energy use in the food supply system for producing, transporting, storing, cooking and eating food is explored and described in terms of a number of distinct changes that are numbered consecutively and presented in both a quantitative and qualitative way. Sweden is used as the case and all data regarding energy use apply for Swedish conditions. An exercise like this illustrates the possible outcome of taking sustainability seriously. If sustainability is to be achieved, some images of the future are needed so that potential targets can be identified. This paper does not present forecasts, but illustrates the kind of changes needed in order to achieve sustainable energy use in the food system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 37, no 12, 5803-5813 p.
Future food, Energy, Backcasting, transport, sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19015DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.08.046ISI: 000272426500077ScopusID: 2-s2.0-71549125580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-19015DiVA: diva2:337062
QC 20100525 Tidigare titel: Eating energy: identifying possibilities for increased energy efficiency in the future food supply system2010-08-052010-08-052011-01-17Bibliographically approved