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Carbon Calculations for Agriculture

Three major farm carbon calculators highlighted in the Defra Report “Harmonisation of Carbon Accounting Tools for Agriculture – SCF0129” have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate. Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, Cool Farm Alliance Community Interest Company, and Agrecalc Limited aim to harmonise their methodologies for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. This collaboration intends to provide UK agriculture with the most accurate and current tools possible, aligning their carbon calculation methodologies and outputs according to recommendations from the Defra Report.

The three companies are collaborating to address a significant challenge outlined in the comprehensive 2023 Report by ADAS. Their collective goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by improving resource efficiency, optimizing production practices, and mitigating environmental impacts.

Liz Bowles, CEO of Farm Carbon Toolkit, emphasised,

“We are not seeking to reach a point where all three calculators will produce the same answer for any given dataset. As the Defra report put it, “ there is no single ‘right’ answer”. Rather we are striving to make it possible for users to fully understand why different calculators produce different answers. We plan to align with the Science-Based Targets initiative Forestry Land and Agriculture Guidance (SBTi FLAG) and draft Greenhouse Gas Protocol Land Sector Removals Guidance (GHGp LSRG) through our collaborative actions. This commitment underscores our dedication to maintaining high-quality standards and ensuring environmental sustainability in our operations, and in calculation outputs.”

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