AHDB launches Carbon Week to support farmers

Written by Iain Hoey

Beginning on Monday next week (1 March), AHDB is launching Carbon Week: a week-long focus on carbon featuring five free webinars to outline the fundamentals of carbon within UK agriculture, bringing levy payers an essential guide to carbon and carbon footprinting.

Designed for all crop and livestock systems, the free webinars will be delivered by AHDB’s in-house experts, external experts from ADAS, Promar International and Rothamsted Research, and feature industry case studies.

From understanding the basics of carbon, to calculating on-farm carbon footprints and ways of reducing emissions, the week aims to lay the ground work for farmers to begin or boost measures to cut carbon emissions.

The five webinars are:

As the UK Government brings fresh focus to reducing emissions and achieving Net Zero by 2050, it is clear that carbon will soon have a clear financial value, Dr Jonathan Foot, AHDB’s Head of Environment, explained.

He said: “While carbon has always cost farmers money – the most expensive activities tend to make up the bulk of a farm’s carbon footprint such as animal feed, fertiliser, fuel and energy – it is clear carbon will soon cost farmers in new ways.

“Whether that’s in the form of environmentally focused payments schemes such as ELMS in England or retailer pressure, farmers will be rewarded for reducing their emissions.

“Therefore, understanding the opportunities each farm has in cutting emissions and subsequently costs, is the first step to more sustainable farming and achieving Net Zero. The aim of the week is to deliver a ‘carbon 101’ to our levy payers to give them the knowledge and tools to begin their journey.”

The webinar series follows AHDB’s recent launch of on-farm carbon footprinting, with 40 farms across its Farm Excellence platform being assessed to determine a custom plan to bring its carbon footprint down.

Carbon Week and carbon footprinting is discussed in the soon-to-be-released Carbon Week podcast, and more information on the different webinars and registration can be found at ahdb.org.uk/carbon-week

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