Products

Product CO2e / kg Studies

Chicken

4.204
CO2e / kg
= 100 g of Chicken
You can consume
0.64
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
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