Between 1 and 5 March 2021, colleagues from RSK’s agricultural and environmental consultancy, ADAS, took part in a series of webinars for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Carbon Week. The event featured five webinars outlining the fundamentals of low-carbon agriculture within the UK.
Aiming to support farmers beginning or increasing measurements to cut carbon emissions, the webinars covered everything from understanding the basics of low-carbon farming to calculating on-farm carbon footprints and ways to reduce emissions. The week of events was delivered by AHDB’s in-house specialists and external experts from ADAS, Promar International and Rothamsted Research.
Kicking off the week, Sarah Wynn, Managing Director of Climate and Sustainability at ADAS, spoke at the introductory webinar titled “Understanding low carbon farming”. In the session, Sarah provided an introduction to carbon footprinting and discussed its uses.
The second webinar, “Understanding fertilisers, carbon emissions and what you can do to reduce them”, followed on from Sarah’s discussion and featured presentations from ADAS specialists Christina Baxter, Crop Research Consultant, and Anne Bhogal, Principal Soil Scientist. The webinar explored maximising fertiliser efficiency and reducing carbon footprints; Christina’s presentation covered on-farm carbon footprints and the contribution of nitrogen fertilisers and Anne discussed nutrient-management planning.
The week continued with webinars titled “Carbon footprinting – save the planet and make money”; “The ins and outs of carbon in the soil – measurement and management”; and “Supply chain requirements – building a narrative”.
“We were delighted to be invited to talk at the AHDB Carbon Week webinars,” comments Sarah Wynn. “UK agriculture has set a goal, via the National Farmers’ Union, to become net zero for emissions by 2040. There is, therefore, an increasing interest in understanding on-farm sources of emissions and opportunities to enhance carbon capture on farms. ADAS has wide-ranging expertise across both emissions and sequestration that we can use to support the sector in its move towards net-zero carbon.”
You can catch up on all the Carbon Week webinars on the AHDB website.