Reducing climate impact from agriculture. ADAS supports food and drink companies, users of energy crops, fibre / textiles industry, farmers and many other organisations that have links to the production of crops or livestock within their supply chains.

Climate change is a growing concern for many businesses and organisations. There is an increasing realisation that many will need to demonstrate positive action to a wider range of stakeholders. Indirect emissions from the supply chain, known as scope three emissions, are under scrutiny, especially where these include agricultural raw materials.

When it comes to agriculture, there are a range of challenges and complexities not encountered by most other sectors. However there are also opportunities to not only reduce emissions but also enhance carbon sequestration and balance residual emissions through changes to land management practice.

Net Zero by 2050

The UK Government set out legislation in 2019 for the country to achieve Net Zero by 2050. Agriculture has some big challenges to overcome, namely:

  • the need to provide nitrogen for crop growth,
  • the biological processes in livestock production that result in methane and nitrous oxide.

However, innovative approaches exist that could reduce emissions substantially.

We are well placed to support all parts of the agriculture sector in their Net Zero journey from farm suppliers, through farmers to the processers, manufacturers and retailers that purchase farm produce. We work across all agricultural sectors including both crops and livestock, to support emission reductions. Using a robust evidence-based approach, we seek out opportunities for enhancing carbon capture.

Understanding your emissions

We’re involved in all aspects of the Net Zero debate. Our experience includes:

  • developing evidence in the form of research projects
  • collating evidence in reviews of mitigation practices
  • developing of corporate strategy and
  • implementing reduction strategies on farm

ADAS also manages the UK agricultural GHG and ammonia emissions inventory. This means we have a detailed understanding of the calculations and implications of changes in on-farm practice.

Carbon calulators

We have expertise in using a wide range of commercial ‘carbon’ calculators, as well as building our own calculators using the modelling from the UK inventory and IPCC. We use these to create assessments compliant with GHG protocol or PAS2050 at an organisation, business, farm or product level as appropriate. The data is used to develop bespoke carbon reduction and carbon balancing plans.

Recent work

Areas of recent work include:

  • Assessment of scope 3 GHG emissions from agricultural supply chains
  • Hotspot mapping
  • Working with supply chains to develop mitigation strategies
  • Development of science-based targets
  • Outlining pathways to reach Net Zero

View our capabilities statements for Climate Change Adaption, Carbon, and Climate Resilience.