Organic Centre Wales (OCW) has published a guide to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint. The guide, produced as part the OCW project Better Organic Business Links, lists the calculators available to farmers and helps them select the one that's best for them.
The Farmers Guide To Carbon Footprint Calculators is an easily digestible four page summary which explains how the calculators work, what they are used for and how they differ from one another. It helps farmers choose the right calculator for their system or situation. It achieves this by highlighting the issues a famer needs to consider and summarising the characteristics of calculators in an easy to use matrix.
Tony Little, OCW Field Officer and one of the authors of the guide said “The importance of measuring and reducing the carbon footprint of farms is now widely understood and there are several calculators that farmers can use. But they are all slightly different and potentially give very different answers to what is fundamentally the same question. This guide helps farmers to know which calculator is best for them, and to interpret the results correctly.”
He added: “Although the work was carried out with organic producers in mind, the guide has much wider relevance. Issues of particular relevance to organic farmers include the need for a wide range of fertility building crop options and the inter-dependence of farm enterprises, but this information is relevant to anyone with an interest in carbon footprinting. I hope people will find this a useful resource and that it encourages more people to take an important step towards tackling climate change”.
The guide will support a range of workshops and discussion group meetings organised by both Organic Centre Wales and Canolfan Hinsawdd Cymru.
You can find links to download the farmer's guide and the full report on the Organic Centre Wales website, www.organiccentrewales.org.uk, under Publications and News, or contact
on 01970 621632.
Tony Little, Organic Centre Wales, 01970 621632
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1 Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
2. BOBL is an Organic Centre Wales funded under the Supply Chain Efficiencies scheme as part of the Welsh Assembly Government Rural Development Plan. The project is designed to support the primary producer in Wales and grow the market for Welsh organic produce in a sustainable way. The project will develop new, emerging and existing markets for organic produce whilst driving innovation, at all levels, within the supply chain. The overall aim is to support a thriving Welsh organic sector so that the benefits of WAG investment in the Organic Farming Scheme to generate agri-environmental benefits, and in the Welsh Organic Action Plan to support rural development and sustainable food production, can be fully realised.
3. Canolfan Hinsawdd Cymru delivers the Climate Change Development Programme on behalf of Farming Connect. CHC is a partnership led by Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities in association with ADAS, Coed Cymru, FWAG Cymru and Planed. Its aim is to provide information and advice to the farming and forestry industries on adapting to the effects of the changing climate and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The focus is on the following key areas: energy use and efficiency, renewable energy, soil carbon management, woodland establishment and management and reducing methane and nitrous oxide from livestock. For further information please see the website www.climate–wales.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01248 383689.
4. The Organic Conversion Information Service (01970 622100) is funded by WAG to provide information to producers considering conversion – an information pack and up to three free on-farm visits are available.