Data for the Carbon Footprinting of Rendering Operations
Charles H. Gooding
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 223-230, 2012
This article presents a tool and data for calculation of the carbon footprint of rendering operations in North America, quantifying Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) greenhouse gas emissions. Scope 3 (life cycle) emissions are not included. According to the sample data, in one year an average‐size rendering plant in North America processes 100,000 tonnes (t) of meat by‐products, fallen animals, and restaurant grease and produces 40,000 t of marketable fats and proteins. A plant of this size emits directly about 20,000 t of carbon dioxide (CO), mostly by burning fuels to operate cookers that destroy pathogens, drive off moisture, and separate the fat and protein. Another 4,000 t of CO is emitted by utility companies to provide electricity for the rendering process. These direct and indirect emissions are equivalent to about 30% of the CO that would be released if all of the carbon in the rendered raw material were decomposed into CO.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: animal by products, fat, greenhouse gas (GHG), industrial ecology, meat, proteinAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 9, 2012
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