Footprints 4 Food
The need for action and business benefit
The latest IPCC assessment report, released in Nov 2014, has stated unequivocally that food systems around the world are facing increasing challenges due to the effects of climate change. According to the report, a large body of evidence suggests that crop yields will decline as the Earth continues to warm after 2030, with a high chance that our current ‘business as usual’ scenario will see yields declining by 25% or more by the end of the century.
By understanding the amount of greenhouse gases that different parts of your business emit you will be able to plan to reduce them, thereby cutting energy costs and reducing the impact of any future carbon taxes or legislation as well as increasing business efficiency
What is the value from paying for a carbon footprint?
The past few years has seen a proliferation of free-to-use carbon footprint calculators available to use online or to download. Some of these calculators, such as the Cool Farm Tool, are relatively sophisticated, and can be used by farmers to undertake “DIY” footprints. So, is there still any reason to pay for professional footprint services such as those offered by Footprints4Food?
F4F can help to ensure you get a reliable result by
- sense-checking the data inputs (as rubbish in means rubbish outputs)
- correctly allocating co-products from the production process (eg biomass, by-products)
- correctly applying emission factors for soil and animal processes for your situation
- identifying of carbon reduction strategies with corresponding footprint savings
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How robust will the result be?
Footprints 4 Food offers a robust and reliable method to establish the carbon footprint of your products. The calculations are completed by experts from Bangor University to follow PAS 2050 and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 guidelines.