Know How / Carbon

Carbon reduction is key to reducing the impact of climate change and meeting the UK's target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Farm businesses will need to implement low-carbon solutions to help reach these targets and qualify for new payment schemes. Find out what other farmers are doing and learn about carbon management.

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Q&A: Advice for navigating your farm's road to net zero

With significant consumer pressure on retailers to demonstrate the environmental credentials of the food and drink on their shelves, supermarkets are requiring more from their farmers – including reducing emissions.…

NEWS

OFC 2022: Risks surround monetisation of carbon credits

Farm businesses risk jeopardising their own future emissions targets by cashing in on the “dash for carbon”, a new report warns. On the opening day of the Oxford Farming Conference…

LIVESTOCK

3 livestock farmers' environmental management plans for 2022

With the Sustainable Farming Incentive opening in 2022, farmers under increasing pressure to raise their environmental credentials. We speak to three livestock producers who explain how environmental management has already…

SOILS

Liquid digestate and min-till help farm get to carbon neutral

Richard Anthony has achieved carbon neutral farming by using liquid digestate, cover crops and minimal tillage on his south Wales farm, and now looks to sequester even more carbon dioxide.…

ARABLE

Why a climate-positive farm shows value of natural capital

The 1,000ha Cholderton Estate has achieved climate-positive status by capturing more greenhouse gases than it emits, while showing that it is possible to run a profitable farming business in countryside…

CARBON

Nitrogen tool part of major upgrade to Farm Carbon Calculator

A new tool for measuring nitrogen balance has been added to the Farm Carbon Calculator as part of a major upgrade, enabling farmers and growers to undertake a more detailed…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Five issues to resolve before we can trade natural capital

An extraordinary opportunity is emerging in the form of natural capital markets, but five main challenges have to be overcome before responsible trading schemes can be launched, according to one…

POULTRY

9 steps to cutting carbon emissions on poultry farms

The government has set a goal of achieving carbon net zero by 2050. But the NFU has set a more ambitious target of 2040 for agriculture. While the move towards…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Leckford Estate to start regen farming trials for Waitrose

Waitrose has embarked on a project to introduce regenerative farming and use more sustainable energy on its Hampshire estate to help the supermarket meet its pledge of net-zero emissions by…

POULTRY

How to calculate your poultry farm's carbon footprint

Growing pressure to reduce emissions means calculating a poultry unit’s carbon footprint is likely to become a requirement, according to Promar environmental consultant Luke Briggs.   As well as a…

ENVIRONMENT

Solar farm size of 100 football pitches approved in Devon

Devon councillors have approved plans for a large solar farm, the size of 100 football pitches, to be built on agricultural land. Torridge District Council’s Planning Committee members voted by…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

COP26: Industry reacts to pledge to cut methane emissions

World leaders have pledged to cut methane emission levels by 30% by 2030 at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. The US and EU are leading the plan and said rapidly…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

COP26: UK Dairy Roadmap sets net zero climate targets

New climate targets have been set to drive emissions reductions in the UK dairy sector. The UK Dairy Roadmap, a cross-industry body with representatives including Dairy UK, the NFU and…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

British farmers step up to climate challenge ahead of COP26

British farmers have highlighted their progress on lowering carbon emissions as the industry strives to reach its net-zero ambitions. Ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, a new report…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Further enterprises vital to fill BPS gap for Essex farm

Transition farmer Kit Speakman says his business is at a crossroads – due to the loss of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and a Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreement, which expires…

ARABLE

Regenerative agriculture: What to avoid and how to start

Farmers considering the move to a regenerative farming system must have a plan and introduce gradual changes, or there’s a danger that they will expose their businesses to an unacceptable…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Scottish farmers told to debunk meat and dairy myths

Scottish farmers must raise their game to debunk common myths about livestock production systems to gain wider acceptance from consumers for their industry. Sustainable livestock farming expert Jude Capper issued…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Scottish government injects £51m into sustainable farming

The Scottish government has announced a £51m package to help farmers move to more sustainable production methods. Rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon made the announcement at NFU Scotland’s autumn conference…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Agroforestry and direct sales in plans for C02 negative farm

Reducing carbon emissions is a key goal for Hampshire farm manager and Transition Farmer Andy Bason, who says doing so will improve profitability as well as benefiting the environment. Mr…