Carbon accounting framework for perennial crops cultivation systems

A project run in partnership between Quantis, the Cool Farm Alliance and Control Union. We are thrilled to announce the official kick-off of the Perennials project which aims to fill the gap in carbon accounting methods by developing an operational framework to accurately model GHG emissions and sequestration potential in perennial cropping systems in the Cool Farm Tool. The evaluation of … Read More

The EU Green Week 2020 – An important opportunity to rethink our relationship with nature

From 19-22 October, the 2020 EU Green Week will bring political leaders, environmental organisations and many other stakeholders together to discuss the important relationship between nature and biodiversity. The event will highlight the contribution biodiversity can make to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world.  Why nature and … Read More

Breaking down science-based targets and how they can help set sustainability goals

Ever since the publication of IPCC’s 2018 special report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC , there should be little doubt that achieving a net-zero global economy by 2030 is essential to limit global warming to the 1.5 or 2 ºC targets of the Paris Accord. This requires immediate,  substantial emission reductions and commitments by everyone — individuals, companies, organisations, … Read More

CFA member Soil Capital launches European carbon payment programme with CFT

Soil Capital, a firm of independent agronomists and financial professionals, has launched the first European carbon remuneration programme, for farmers by farmers. The programme, called Soil Capital Carbon, uses the Cool Farm Tool (CFT) as its greenhouse gas (GHG) balance quantification tool and is being rolled out first with arable farmers in France and Belgium. Two other CFA members have … Read More

How to use the Cool Farm Tool to track no-till success

The change of conventional agricultural production systems to a more regenerative approach is known to benefit the soil and the environment, and is gaining increasing interest from growers around the globe. Such regenerative practices, however, require determination and commitment. Jake Freestone, farm manager of the Cotswold farm in Overbury (UK), has shown both over the past decade when he started … Read More

How do three main farm carbon calculators compare?

Mike Abram from Farmers Weekly presents an insightful review of three popular whole-farm calculators. A few farmers tested the overall scope and structure of the calculators, all of which cover arable and livestock enterprises and are “self-service” options that can be used without input from a farm adviser. The tools assessed where: Farm Carbon Toolkit Agrecalc Cool Farm Tool The … Read More

Healthy soils are paramount in the fight against climate change

The paramount importance of healthy soils as a means to fight climate change is a key message in the UN landmark report published by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2019. The report was a leading force in highlighting nature’s dangerous decline and acceleration rates of extinction. However, despite its clear message that echoes research available … Read More

CFA participates in newly established ‘South Asian Nitrogen Hub’

The CFA is pleased to announce its participation in the new South Asian Nitrogen Hub. The UK Government announced in January its commitment to jointly fund this major international research programme to tackle the challenge that nitrogen pollution poses for the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia. The South Asian Nitrogen Hub, a partnership led … Read More

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