"The Carbon Footprint Of Indoor Cannabis Production"

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"The Carbon Footprint Of Indoor Cannabis Production"

Post #1 by 7rob7 » December 7th, 2013, 9:03 am

[center]ENERGY UP IN SMOKE: THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF INDOOR CANNABIS PRODUCTION[/center]
On occasion, previously unrecognized spheres of energy use come to light. Important examples include the pervasive air leakage from ductwork in homes, the bourgeoning energy intensity of computer datacenters, and the electricity “leaking” from millions of small power supplies and other equipment. Intensive periods of investigation, technology R&D, and policy development gradually ensue in the wake of these discoveries.
The emergent industry of indoor Cannabis production appears to have joined the list. This report presents a model of the modern-day production process—based on public sources and equipment vendor data—and provides national scoping estimates of the energy use, costs, and greenhouse-gas emissions associated with this activity in the United States.

Large-scale industrialized and highly energy-intensive indoor cultivation of Cannabis is a relatively new phenomenon, driven by criminalization, pursuit of security, and the desire for greater process control and yields.2,3 The practice occurs in every state,4 and the 415,000 indoor plants eradicated in 20095 represent only the tip of the iceberg.

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Driving the large energy requirements of indoor production facilities are lighting levels matching those found in hospital operating rooms (500-times greater than recommended for reading) and 30 hourly air changes (6-times the rate in high-tech laboratories, and 60-times the rate in a modern home). Resulting electricity intensities are 200 watts per square foot, which is on a par with modern datacenters. Indoor carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are often raised to four-times natural levels in order to boost plant growth.

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From the perspective of individual consumers, a single Cannabis cigarette represents 2 pounds of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to running a 100-watt light bulb for 17 hours assuming average U.S. electricity emissions (or 30 hours on California’s cleaner grid). The emissions associated with one kilogram of processed Cannabis are equivalent to those of driving across country 5 times in a 44-mpg car. One single production module doubles the electricity use of an average U.S. home and triples that of an average California home. The added electricity use is equivalent to running about 30 refrigerators. Producing one kilogram of processed Cannabis results in 3,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions.
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Re: "The Carbon Footprint Of Indoor Cannabis Production"

Post #2 by 7rob7 » December 7th, 2013, 9:05 am

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Re: "The Carbon Footprint Of Indoor Cannabis Production"

Post #3 by MattNicholson » May 18th, 2014, 9:12 pm

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" -Upton Sinclair

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Re: "The Carbon Footprint Of Indoor Cannabis Production"

Post #4 by 7rob7 » May 18th, 2014, 9:16 pm

Good catch! Thanks for remembering the thread! :-bd
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