Study on pollutant emissions from imports into the EU

What is the carbon footprint of importing seasonal products?

The Unio de Llauradors i Ramaders has conducted a study on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by imports of products from third countries into the European Union. According to their conclusions, drinking a Brazilian orange juice is equivalent to emitting 17 grams of CO2 and eating one piece of citrus fruits from South Africa is equivalent to emitting 13 grams of CO2; If a paella is made with Myanmar or Cambodian rice, each tablespoon of rice eaten is equivalent to emitting 2 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere, the same amount emitted by eating an almond that comes from the United States. Likewise, each bunch of table grapes from Chile emits 48 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The Unió's criticism
According to the agrarian organization, which is committed to proximity products, everyone talks about climate change and the climate emergency; however, the relevance of some European decisions related to the community's agricultural sector to cope with these issues is not always valued.

An example of this is the carbon footprint of importing seasonal products that can be found in Spanish supermarkets and hypermarkets from third countries, which in 2018 emitted more than 378,000 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere as they were transported by sea to Europe.

The study- whose first results were advanced a few weeks ago - analyzed the greenhouse gas emissions generated from transporting these goods to the EU. The transport of goods, especially maritime transport, is one of the sectors that generate the most carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Therefore, it's essential to undertake measures to reduce these emissions.


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