Do you know your farm's footprint? Get involved in our Low Carbon project
13 June 2011
The Low Carbon Farming project is working to establish a benchmarking facility to aid farmers and growers in monitoring and reducing on-farm emissions.
The facility will illustrate the range of carbon footprints within the various enterprise sectors and enable producers to compare their own farm’s carbon footprint with similar farms to see how on-farm greenhouse gas emission levels compare. It will also enable producers to also monitor their progress as low carbon practices and improved efficiency measures are implemented on the farm. In order to set up this facility we need the help of farmers and growers to supply data for the benchmarking tool.
Understanding your carbon footprint is the first vital step in reducing your farm’s greenhouse gas emissions - improving efficiency and ultimately your profit margins! Farms that take part will receive individual feedback on their carbon footprint and any ‘hot spots’ where improvements could be made to cut both emissions and costs.
If you are interested in helping we’ll ask you to complete a short confidential questionnaire about your farm operations, energy use and production output – we’ll even come and do this for you if it’s easier! The data from participating farms will be used to calculate whole farm emissions on a ‘per unit of production’ and ‘per hectare’ basis. We’ll update the data again in 2012 to identify where improvements were made – and importantly how they were achieved.
Please contact Poppy Johnson on 0117 314 5127 to for more information and to register your interest. The carbon data questionnaire will be available to download from the website shortly.