In response to declining Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct support payments, many farmers will need to review the efficiency of their businesses. Making more efficient use of farm resources not only has positive cost benefits but also helps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This policy briefing explains how AgRE Calc ©, SRUC’s Agricultural Resource Efficiency Calculator2, can be used to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced from a farm which, when benchmarked against similar farm businesses, highlights areas where actions should be taken to reduce emissions leading to improved efficiency. This process is commonly known as carbon footprinting or a resource efficiency assessment.
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2015: Resource Efficiency: Making the most of farm resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve financial performance