Carbon benchmarking tools and how they help reduce energy and emissions

A number of tools have been developed in recent years which allow farmers and landowners to assess the ‘carbon-footprint’ of their holding and identify areas for improvement. The array of tools available can be confusing however as a result of differences in scope, the data sources used and the time investment required. For example, some tools provide a quick overview of an entire farm and consider only emissions within the farm gate, whereas others provide a product focussed assessment that accounts for emissions throughout an entire production life-cycle. The issue of carbon sequestration is also left out in some cases, whereas other tools provide a detailed breakdown of this area. This presentation will provide an overview of the tools that are available, the different approaches and how each of the tools can help to improve your farming businesses.


Theme: food systems
Published: 22nd January 2013