Announcing Our New General Manager

The Cool Farm Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Profit as the General Manager of the Alliance, with effect from 8th October.  Richard comes from PepsiCo where he has worked for sixteen years in a variety of roles in operations and sustainability strategy.  With experience in renewable energy, carbon accounting, compliance and policy, as well as Life Cycle Assessment, he has been … Read More

CFT2.0 launched!

The Cool Farm Alliance is delighted to announce the live release of the updated Cool Farm Tool, CFT2.0.  The ‘look and feel’ of the user interface has been overhauled, with a fresh modern design and the creation of more space for entering data and reviewing results. Key new features include: Dedicated beef module, building on the success of recent dairy … Read More

A “Foodprints” Application of the Cool Farm Tool: Can Diets in India Be Healthy and Environmentally Friendly?

By Alan Dangour, MSc PhD RNutr, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Francesca Harris, MSc, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Benjamin Kayatz, MSc, University of Aberdeen; and Jon Hiller, PhD, University of Edinburgh With a population of 1.2 billion people and rapidly changing dietary habits, the health and environmental impacts of diets in India is a major … Read More

Global climate action plan highlights key role of food and agriculture

By Cool Farm Alliance member and Chief Technical Advisor for Anthesis, Craig Simmons Project Drawdown, a new book containing research assembled and edited by sustainability guru Paul Hawken, highlights the importance of food and agriculture in mitigating global carbon emissions. Billed as the ‘most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming’, Drawdown maps, measures, models and describes in detail … Read More

Webinar: New GHG Model for Perennial Crops

Recording and slides from this event now available: Recording Slides Join the Cool Farm Alliance for a presentation on a new generic improved model to calculate the carbon balance and GHG emissions from all perennial crops, both food and bioenergy. This work has been led by Dr Jon Hillier and team at Aberdeen University. We are now ready to share … Read More

Q&A from the Cool Farm Tool online launch event

The more than 100 questions that came in during our 90 minute Cool Farm Tool online launch event this past September, give an indication of how widely Cool Farm Tool interest is spread across the globe, across crops and farm systems types. Here is a sampling of questions and answers.

Smart farmers opt for the power of data with the Cool Farm Tool

By Yvette Faber, Solidaridad Science and technology will soon be integrated in the farms of the future. With the launch of the online Cool Farm Tool (Sept 29, 2016), farmers now have access to hard data that shows the effect of their farming practices and how to improve them – right in their own hands. But are we going too … Read More

Danone’s journey to the Cool Farm Alliance

At the end of 2015, Danone announced a very ambitious objective: to become a Zero Net Carbon Company by 2050, covering full scopes including agriculture. The challenge is huge and it starts by getting robust and reliable methods and tools to monitor the progress of the greenhouse gas footprints of the agricultural raw materials we source, mainly raw milk. Even … Read More

Mandate for rapid reduction

The Cool Farm Tool has evolved to become THE global farm-level tool for measuring carbon. Our mandate now is to manage a rapid reduction of emissions. Measurement might turn out to have been the easy part. The Cool Farm Tool began modestly. After Unilever and the University of Aberdeen developed a beta version of the tool, Christof Walter said he … Read More

Finding the frequency for sustainable ag

Having worked full time in sustainable development within the corporate sector for the past 15 years I have seen many changes, from a focus on energy, water, waste within the factory through to highly conceptual (and practical) ideas like the Natural Step from Sweden and Shared Value from Michael Porter at Harvard. With very tangible aspects like energy management, where … Read More