Arable Conversations 2nd July - 5:00pm - Meeting the Challenges of Net Zero

Arable Scotland

5pm Live Stream Arable Conversations: Meeting the Challenges of Net Zero



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Please note that the maximum number of attendees for this session is 250, and entrants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, however if you are unable to join you can still ask your questions in the comments thread and one of our panellists will answer at their earliest opportunity. A recording of the session will also be posted if you wish to view at a later date.

Scotland has committed to becoming a net zero society by 2045, what are the challenges and opportunities for the farming community in helping contribute to net zero? Commercial growers, distillers and researchers will discuss the challenges, opportunities and barriers for the arable sector in achieving Net Zero

Although Net Zero isn’t clearly defined it is widely seen as “‘achieving a state in which the activities within the value chain of a company result in no net impact on the climate from greenhouse gas emissions”. Topics under discussion will include what crops offer multiple benefits in both sequestering carbon and in reducing waste with potential multiple products from a single crop. From a commercial perspective there will be discussion on what barriers exist in net zero assessment and also the added value of minimising associated and direct greenhouse gas emissions.

The conversation will be pre-recorded and available for viewing from 10:00 am on the day of the Arable Scotland event with viewing available on demand throughout the day.

Starting at 5:20pm

There will also be an opportunity to comment and raise questions that you would like the panel to discuss later at the live Q&A session starting at 5:00pm. The live session will start with a showing of the recorded conversation with live interaction with panel members at approximately 5:20 pm.


Kenneth Loades - Soils and Crops sector lead within the SEFARI Gateway


Kenneth Loades is a soil biophysicist and sector lead within the Scottish Government funded Scottish Environment Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI) Gateway established to improve the flow of research from the strategic research programme. Through this role he has been involved in several innovative approaches to knowledge exchange and also helps advise on fellowships, such as a recently funded SEFARI Gateway funded fellowship investigating innovative tools for monitoring in collaboration with SNH and SEPA.


John Stirling and Kirsty Black - Arbikie Highland Estates and Arbikie Distillery


John Stirling is one of the Stirling brothers who previously worked in the economics and finance sector before combining his skills with his brothers at Arbikie Highland Estate. At Arbikie they aim to produce in an environmentally responsible way. To do this John and his team have engaged with several organisations and researchers to understand alternative crop systems to produce a premium quality product whilst controlling the whole production process.

Kirsty Black is manager of the Arbikie Distillery. Previously a quality engineer Kirsty applied for a MSc in Brewing & Distilling at the International Centre of Brewing & Distilling (ICBD), Heriot-Watt University. In February this year Arbikie Distillery launched the world’s first climate positive gin made from peas, Nàdar.

Wendy Russell – Rowett Institute


Wendy is the Gut Health theme lead and Professor of Molecular Nutrition at the Rowett Institute. Her research focuses on developing healthy foods as part of a resilient food supply chain. This includes identifying the potential of plant-based crops, particularly in protein provision for the future and the exploitation of underutilised species to improve both nutrition and agrobiodiversity. Wendy works closely with both Scottish and Global Food Producers, as well as the wider Food and Drink Industry to identify new opportunities and was awarded FDF ‘Scientist of the Year’ for this work.

Derek Stewart – The James Hutton Institute


Derek is the Business Sector Lead: AgriFood at the James Hutton Institute and is responsible for developing the research opportunities on agriculture, food and drink supply and value chains, production systems, biomass, waste valorisation and the (bio)circular economy. He currently holds the Chair of Food Chemistry in the Department of Engineering and Physical Science at Heriot Watt University. Over 30 years Derek has pursued a career in crop production, raw material composition and its relation to product quality, functionality, bioactivity and utility.

Gemma Miller – SRUC (Scotland Rural College)


Gemma’s research interests focus on production efficiency in beef and sheep systems. She also has operational management responsibility for SRUC's GreenCow respiration chamber facility. More recently Dr Miller has been undertaking a SEFARI Gateway funded fellowship investigating greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in agriculture. Although initially areas covered were grassland, peatland, forestry, and livestock it has recently been expanded to include arable crops.
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The first problem is to agree how to measure carbon emissions and sequestrin the first place... what plans are in place for this?


The first problem is to agree how to measure carbon emissions and sequestrin the first place... what plans are in place for this?
Thanks David and a very good point which we will discuss in the conversation. It will be vital to understand what tools, including those for record keeping and measurement, the industry needs for the future

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