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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 first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. Ingram Valley Farm’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 16.1 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 4.9 tCO2e per employee.
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
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Ingram Valley has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.