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Climate



'Food miles' table

The table below shows energy usage per tonne per km in transporting food. 1 unit is the energy required to boil water for 2 cups of coffee.

It's NOT the miles that count, it's the method!

Ship - bulk carrier  1
Ship - RORO  3.7
Rail  5
Large truck  7.4
Medium truck  10
Transit van - full  11.4
Air - long haul  57
Air - short haul  159
Small diesel car (10kg of shopping)  1139
Medium diesel car  1340
Small petrol car  1675
Medium petrol car  2211
Large petrol car  2680


Source: Sjoerd Vogts. He got it from SUSTAIN and Elm Farm Research Centre

Other things

This table shows the CO2 equivalent in grammes to prepare a cup of tea or coffee
Cup of black tea or coffee, boiling only the water you need  21
Cup of white tea or coffee, boiling only the water you need  53
Cup of white tea or coffee, boiling double the water you need  71
Large cappuccino  235
Large latte  340


Source: Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark, Guardian 17.6.2010, quoting Mike
Berners-Lee's book "How bad are bananas? The carbon footprint of everything"



Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ