Reporting Boundary: Farm operations (Ingram Farm, Alnwick NE66 4LT)
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses,
propane, fleet, business travel, paper use
Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020
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Ingram Valley, a farming region in Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills, has achieved Planet Mark certification. This is Ingram Valley Farm’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark.
Electricity accounts for 16% of the total carbon emissions, fleet travel accounts for 77%. Scope 3 emissions (paper and business travel) account for 6.5% of total emissions. This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, propane gas, fuel used by the fleet, business travel, printing paper and electricity Transmission and Distribution losses (T&D).
“Sustainability beats at the heart of Ingram Valley and we are thrilled to have them begin measuring and reducing their carbon footprint with Planet Mark. Their commitment to sustainable produce and local farming can be combined with a continuing improvement in sustainability to assure its customers that its values and practice are united. Ingram Valley is leading the way in sustainable farming and I am excited to begin working with them.”
Ingram Valley was formed volcanically over 480 million years ago, and has been farmed for thousands of years for its rich soils, fresh air and clean water. From heritage preservation to environmental projects, they offer ethical produce that has stood the test of time.
Ingram Valley truly believes sustainable farming is the only option. Alongside certification to The Planet Mark, Ingram Valley works with Northumberland LEADER uplands team and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in efforts to help return the native red deer to the area. The valley also works within the UN Sustainability Development Goals framework to guide its projects, working towards responsible consumption and production, climate action and protecting biodiversity and wildlife conservation.
Farming is on the front line of the battle against climate change. First, agriculture is responsible for approximately 9% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and second, farming is particularly vulnerable to changes in temperature, rainfall, soil properties and the increase of extreme weather. Increasingly consumers are wary of the carbon footprint of the food they consume, so measuring and reducing the carbon of farming operations is an important step in a world increasingly concerned with the effects of climate change.
Striving to be a force for good, Ingram Valley Farm contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through various projects including working with Planet Mark member Fooditude to help get food to those most in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since joining Planet Mark, Ingram Valley have also worked with Newcastle University to develop an organic oat milk project and have held sustainability days with Bidfood and Newcastle University.
The farm’s website runs off 100% renewable energy through Erjjio Studios, and the business has also reduced its paper usage and has switched to Cool Earth paper when necessary. Ingram Valley have also now replaced its business fleet of diesel vehicles with a fleet of electric vehicles.
Ingram Valley aim to inspire other businesses through communicating its own impact on social media, through press and an impact report housed on the company’s website.
Ingram Valley Farm have further contributed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by creating a formal Equality, Diversity, and Inclusive Policy.
The farm is committed to continuous improvement and have attended Planet Mark webinars in addition to using toolkits and resources to help reduce its carbon footprint even further.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Ingram Valley has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.