Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

New from Enviro-Mark Solutions – on-farm carbon footprinting for certification

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Knowing a farm’s carbon footprint will help farmers to find ways to reduce carbon, be more efficient, and respond to market demand for environmentally responsible, transparently sourced food products. Measuring and reducing a farm’s carbon footprint will also give farmers a head start in meeting compliance and regulatory requirements.

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Enviro-Mark Solutions, in partnership with Beef + Lamb, Dairy NZ, AsureQuality and Overseer Ltd, is developing an online carbon footprinting tool that will enable farmers to calculate their farm’s carbon emissions, including emissions that occur beyond the farm gate.

The tool provides a first step on the path to a certified farm carbon footprint, under Enviro-Mark Solutions’ internationally recognised programmes in accordance with ISO-14064-1:2018.

Achieving certification under these programmes requires members to measure, reduce, and in some circumstances offset any remaining emissions by purchasing internationallyrecognised carbon credits. Certification follows an independent audit to verify the accuracy of the footprint, and measures put in place to reduce emissions.