22 June 2021
New industry network launched to tackle the carbon footprint of crop production
SPONSORS are being sought from the food and farming industry to fund research into achieving net zero in agriculture.
Launching in July, a new network named YEN Zero, will bring together the entire food supply chain, from food and drink manufacturers and supermarkets to fertiliser companies and growers, to meet the industry’s target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2040. The network is a new initiative by researchers from ADAS, the largest independent environmental and agricultural consultancy in the UK.
YEN Zero will undertake the analysis and benchmarking of combinable crop carbon footprints on a per-field basis with the near-future aspiration of growing this to carbon accounting on a whole-farm scale.
This benchmarking of crop GHG intensities will enable fair and easy comparison of emissions among farms, fields and crops. From there, it will be possible to see what agronomic practices are driving these emissions and test which mitigation strategies work best on farms. Successful strategies will then be shared with members of the network.
Researchers will also work directly with growers and their supporters to help optimise their production with reduced inputs.
From July 2021, ADAS researchers will host a series of workshops for YEN Zero members to gain and share knowledge regarding key net-zero issues. These workshops will be run as open forums addressing issues such as soil carbon sequestration potential, effective mitigation strategies and methodologies for calculating cropping carbon footprints.
A number of organisations are currently engaging in YEN Zero. These include AHDB , Defra, Syngenta, Bayer, Origin Fertilisers, Hutchinsons, Nestlé, Anglian Water, John Fergus & Co and Glenmorangie.
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