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Friday 26th February 2021, 11:42 London

AHDB launches Carbon Week

Series of webinars during first week of March aims to help farmers gain better understanding of carbon footprinting

AHDB launches Carbon Week

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AHDB is running a series of webinars in the first week of March to help farmers understand carbon and carbon footprinting.

Starting on Monday 1 March, the week-long focus on carbon will feature five webinars outlining the fundamentals of carbon within UK agriculture. It 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 their carbon footprint down.

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

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

The five webinars cover:

- Understanding low-carbon farming;

- Understanding fertilisers, carbon emissions and what farmers can do to reduce them;

- Carbon Footprinting: save the planet and make money;

- The ins and outs of soil carbon – measurement and management;

- Supply chain requirements – building a narrative.

Dr Jonathan Foot, AHDB’s head of environment, said that 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. “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," he explained.

"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.”

Carbon Week and carbon footprinting is also discussed in a 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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