Measurement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with a product or activity is commonly termed a carbon footprint. The main GHG from the farm are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O).
Farms with a low carbon footprint are often also the most efficient.
Carrying out a carbon footprint will help you to identify the key sources of emissions on the farm, and therefore which areas to target to improve farm efficiency. Knowing how you compare with other farms and where your key emissions are coming from could help you decide which mitigation measures will have most impact on your farm business.
Emissions data is collected from all the activities you carry out on farm. These data are then used to make up your ‘carbon footprint’. To make it easier to compare like with like, emissions are converted into carbon dioxide equivalents, abbreviated to CO2e. This combines the climate change impact of all the greenhouse gases from the farm activities and is expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide that would have the same impact.
Carbon footprinting is becoming the norm across a range of industries in the UK. It is likely that retailers, suppliers and consumers could expect their farms and their food to be rubber stamped as ‘low carbon’. Find out about footprinting to ensure your farm is viable for the next generation of carbon-conscious farmers.
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