One of the most impactful ways that an agricultural business can reduce their carbon emissions is through alternative, renewable energy sources for example solar, wind and hydro-power. In addition to making a positive impact on the planet it will also help businesses to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.
Agriculture production is dependent on water. It is the largest water using sector as well as a major polluter of water. By improving water management, through upgrades in irrigation application, soil and plant practices and refuse of treated wastewater, agricultural businesses can ensure they are playing their part towards sustainability.
In their second year of Planet Mark certification, Ingram Valley Farm contributed towards nine United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by measuring and reducing the carbon associated with their electricity, fleet travel and procurement among other areas.
The agricultural industry is, of course, heavily dependent on the natural environment and in order for the natural environment to thrive it relies on sustainable agricultural practices. As the world’s population increases we need to promote sustainable development in agriculture. Through the measurement and reduction of their carbon footprint, agricultural businesses can future-proof their business, reduce costs and increase efficiencies.