Carbon footprint tool launched to meet growing demand

Alltech E-CO2 is extending its range of environmental assessment services for livestock farmers with the introduction of the Swift-EA tool.

Offering a more concise approach than the company’s well-established in-depth EA assessment models, Swift-EA allows farmers to obtain an overview of their environmental performance and is designed for use as a stand-alone tool or in conjunction with existing data collection services such as a farm assurance audit.

James Wynne (right) of Alltech E-CO2 carries out an on-farm assessment

Alltech E-CO2 business general manager Ben Braou says the Swift-EA assessment tool has been developed at a time of increasing interest from farmers and their first purchasers in the environmental impact of agriculture.

“We know that as much as 85% of the greenhouse gases generated in food production come from the farm, so there is great pressure on the farming industry to play a significant role in the drive to reduce emissions,” he adds. “We are already seeing many food processors and retailers using environmental footprint assessments with their farmer suppliers, and we can only see this increasing.

“The good news for livestock farmers is that a reduced carbon footprint is inextricably linked to increased farm efficiency and profitability, so having a focus on this area – and understanding the areas where improvements can be made – is all contributing to overall farming sustainability.”

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