Integrating horticulture into cities: A guide for assessing the implementation potential of rooftop greenhouses (RTGs) in industrial and logistics parks

Esther Sanyé-Mengual, Ileana Cerón-Palma, Jordi Oliver-Solà, Juan Ignacio Montero, Joan Rieradevall

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Abstract

© 2015, © 2015 The Society of Urban Technology. Abstract: Recently, the application of rooftop greenhouses (RTGs) to integrate agriculture into cities has increased, although the area where they can be potentially implemented has not been quantified yet. Consequently, this paper aims to design a guide to evaluate the potential implementation of RTGs in industrial and logistics parks and to apply the guide to the case study of Zona Franca Park (Barcelona, Spain). Eight percent of the rooftops were identified as feasible for a short-term implementation of RTG, according to the defined technical, economic, legal, and agricultural criteria. Estimations indicated that the annual tomato production in this area could account for almost 2,000 tons, which is equivalent to the yearly tomato demand of 150,000 people. Besides, this production could substitute imported tomatoes, and avoiding their distribution would represent savings of 65.25 t of CO<inf>2</inf> eq·m<sup>−2</sup>.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-111
JournalJournal of Urban Technology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • cities
  • food self-sufficiency
  • industrial and logistics parks
  • rooftop greenhouse
  • urban agriculture

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