Standards body has tailored course specifically to help farmers reduce their emissions

Teresa Meadows at Cereals

Teresa Meadows at Cereals

Professional standards body BASIS has launched an online course to help farming industry professionals understand how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

‘Principles of Carbon and Net Zero’ has been released as part of series of new environmental courses available from BASIS.

The body’s head of environment, audit and public affairs, Teresa Meadows, said at the recent Cereals event: “There is a lot to learn about greenhouse gas emissions and the wider context both nationally and on a farm level.

”Agriculture has the potential to both emit and sequester carbon by implementing practices on-farm that reduce emissions. These can really make a difference, both for productivity and profitability on-farm and to contribute to net zero as an industry. 

“The course brings together the background, context and insight on emissions and footprinting, with the practical measures and actions, into one learning resource for farmers, land managers and advisers.

“Knowledge, skills and understanding are often the first essential component that leads to effective action and progress in the implementation of measures on the ground.”

Syllabus overview

The course, which is delivered in an online learning environment, offers practical resources and a call to action for all those involved from farm to fork.

It includes content areas such as the climate change context; emissions, storage and sequestration from agriculture; calculating greenhouse gas footprints; emissions reduction practices; and moving towards net zero.

The syllabus has been designed for farmers, land managers, advisers, agronomists and those working within and across the supply chain.

It is described as providing a useful introduction to the key concepts, which can be supported by more in-depth knowledge gained by progressing with more advanced courses, including Certificate in Greenhouse Gases, Carbon and Climate Change Mitigation; Certificate in Sustainable Land Management; and Soil & Water Management Certificate.