New carbon calculator for farmers

Rural Exchange 09/12/2018

Meridian Energy and Westpac NZ are proud to support a new carbon calculator that gives farmers a guide to the size of their carbon footprint.

The tool has been developed by Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) and Agrilink NZ.

The greenhouse gas calculator was originally prepared in 2008 to better inform the Food Miles debate.

It has now been updated to give farmers a quick approximation of their carbon footprint; it is not intended to replace detailed greenhouse gas modelling tools.

As carbon can be a very abstract concept, the calculator compares a farm’s greenhouse gas emissions to the distance travelled in a car or the area that could be planted to offset their emissions.

Andrew Barber, Managing Director of Agrilink NZ states “Owners of a variety of farm types can use this calculator, including horticulture for example, where farmers may not have access to detailed carbon footprint tools.

“They, like all farmers, can enter their energy use, as well as that of their contractors, to better understand their carbon footprint.”

It is available at www.lincoln.ac.nz/carboncalculator.

Watch the full interview with Andrew Barber above.

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