Reducing CO2 On Farms

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By admin February 25, 2013 11:08

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Any company that is not taking action to reduce their carbon activity can now be fined by the government. By 2050 we need to reduce carbon emissions by 60%. In order to meet this aim, any company that is listed on the financial market will have to send a report to the government about the action they’re taking to reduce their emissions.

However, it’s easier said than done. Some industries need to burn carbon to get by. One of the industries with the highest amount of CO2 released from its activities is the farming industry. Now there is a huge amount of pressure on farmers to reduce their carbon activity. Currently the farming industry is responsible for 7% of carbon emissions. This may sound like quite a small fraction, but when you consider that it is just one industry, it is a huge number.

It’s not just the pressure from the government that is making farmers reduce their carbon emissions. Climate change is having a huge effect on a farmer’s productivity. We are experiencing periods of long droughts, followed by periods of prolonged rain. The unstable weather conditions are affecting growing conditions for farmers. 2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record, and with that farmers had to increase the cost of potatoes as the rain was preventing the growth.

Use More Efficient Fuel

There are two types of diesel; regular diesel and red diesel. Red diesel is illegal to use on public roads. It carries a small amount of duty and consequently is considerably cheaper than regular diesel. Farmers are allowed to use red diesel because the majority of their vehicles will not be used on public roads.

Farmers need to use these vehicles in their job, which unfortunately do created CO2. However, if they are to avoid being fined by the government, what can they do? If they don’t use these vehicles, they won’t be able to work.

The farming industry can now counterbalance their carbon activity by using carbon offset red diesel. It is a specially created fuel to help industries who rely on the use of vehicles that produce CO2 to counterbalance their carbon activity.

The proceeds from carbon offset red diesel are then invested into projects such as, contamination control and creating renewable energy. So far the money from carbon offset red diesel, has been spent on re-establishing nature reserves and enhancing water quality in third world countries. All the schemes that the proceeds from carbon offset red diesel are designed to reduce carbon emissions in another way.

Using an alternative fuel is just one method farmers can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Carbon offset red diesel can also be incorporated on the government carbon activity report.

 

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