Products

Product CO2e / kg Studies

Chicken

4.1
CO2e / kg
= 100 g of Chicken
You can consume
0.66
kg of Chicken to exhaust your daily CO2e food budget

Categories: Poultry | Meat | Food

Chicken production accounts for ~10% of global livestock emissions1, which is ~1.5% of total global emissions2.

The vast majority of emissions in chicken production come from feed (80-85%)3.


  1. 0.7 Gt for chicken production, compared to 7.1 Gt for all livestock emissions. Gerber, P. J., Hristov, A. N., Henderson, B., Makkar, H., Oh, J., Lee, C., ... & Oosting, S. (2013). Technical options for the mitigation of direct methane and nitrous oxide emissions from livestock: a review. animal, 7(s2), 220-234. 

  2. Total global emissions in 2016 = 49 billion t CO2e. https://ourworldindata.org/greenhouse-gas-emissions 

  3. Cederberg, C. (2009). Greenhouse gas emissions from Swedish production of meat, milk and eggs 1990 and 2005. SIK Institutet för livsmedel och bioteknik. 

Subcategories: Chicken burger | Chicken (cold cut) | Chicken (corn-fed) | Chicken (eco) | Chicken (free-range) | Chicken (mature) | Chicken breast | Minced meat (chicken) | Chicken sausage | Chicken (drumstick) | Chicken (leg) | Chicken (frozen) | Chicken (whole)

Studies

Source Notes CO2e Country origin Country consumption Weight
How low can we go? An assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK food system and the scope reduction by 2050 Chicken meat
2.6
Unknown United Kingdom 0
How low can we go? An assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK food system and the scope reduction by 2050 Chicken meat
2.95
Europe United Kingdom 4
How low can we go? An assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK food system and the scope reduction by 2050 Chicken meat
2.84
United Kingdom United Kingdom 0
RISE Open access list 1.7 Per kg boneless meat, not cooked
2.6
Sweden Sweden 5
Ökologische Fußabdrücke von Lebensmitteln und Gerichten in Deutschland (IFEU) Hähnchen, Durchschnitt
5.5
Unknown Germany 6
Life Cycle Impacts of Proteinrich Foods for Superwijzer France, label rouge
4.82
France Unknown 0
Life Cycle Impacts of Proteinrich Foods for Superwijzer Brazil
5.75
Brazil Unknown 0
Life Cycle Impacts of Proteinrich Foods for Superwijzer conventional
5.96
Netherlands Unknown 4
Greenhouse gas emissions from Swedish production of meat, milk and eggs 1990 and 2005 Supplement 9, Table 2a: chicken meat production 2005; at farm gate
1.93
Sweden Sweden 8
Klimatarier CO2 Rechner Hähnchenfleisch, frisch
3.7
Unknown Unknown 5
Potential contributions of food consumption patterns to climate change fresh, domestic, cooked; CO2: 3.1, NO2: 1.2, NH4: 0.01
4.3
Sweden Sweden 8
Greenhouse gas emissions of realistic dietary choices in Denmark: the carbon footprint and nutritional value of dairy products Table 1; including waste; excluding waste: 5.21
5.85
Unknown Unknown 8