The Nursery & Garden Industry is well accustomed to climate variability which is a natural part of the earth's dynamic system. In recent times, it has been documented that human activity, specifically the release of green house gas emissions, may impact on weather patterns and alter the earth's climate. This phenomenon is referred to as climate change.
Whilst categorised under Agriculture, the Nursery & Garden Industry, and for that matter Horticulture, has a small environmental impact in relation to climate change. It should also be noted that the Nursery & Garden Industry has the capacity to make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and may also play an integral role in the mitigation of climate change. For further information on positioning green-life and plants as a solution to climate change and variability, please click here
Climate change and variability will likely play a significant role in shaping the future of the Australian Nursery & Garden Industry. Some of the key challenges arising from predicted climate change and variability include securing adequate water supplies for irrigation of green-life and changes in pest and disease dynamics, such as heightened risk of exotic pest incursions. Over the past two years projects funded by the industry levy have focussed on effective water management, development of a carbon calculator for production nurseries and pest categorisation for potential new incursions of problem pests due to increases in temperature.
Click on the links below to access these tools and resources.
|Climate Change Policy|
|NurseryFootprint - The Australian nursery Industry carbon footprint calculator|
|Renewable Energy Calculator|
|Renewable Energy Fact Sheets|