Our role in helping to decarbonise agriculture brings many challenges, not least making sure that our underlying data and methodology are the best they can be. This challenge is one of the reasons why, every year, we commission an independent review of our Calculator to ensure we’re giving the most robust agricultural carbon footprints possible.
This year, the review of our Calculator methodology was conducted by the Carbon Trust and we’re pleased to now be able to share their findings with you.
In such a rapidly evolving space, there are can be challenges in aligning perfectly with the latest science and we’re always striving to improve this. Nevertheless, the findings below indicate the Carbon Trust’s confidence that Farm Carbon Toolkit have robust data and methodology, as well as the ability to adapt and address any areas that can be improved.
We’re delighted to have worked with the Carbon Trust, and we will keep you up-to-date with our progress to complete our action plan over the next year.
Summary of the Carbon Trust Calculator Review
In October 2023, The Carbon Trust conducted an independent review and gap analysis of the Farm Carbon Calculator against:
- The GHG Protocol standard (GHG Protocol);
- The WRI Land-Use Change and Removals Draft Guidance (WRI LSRG);
- SBTi Forest Land and Agriculture Guidance (SBTi FLAG)
The following aspects of the Farm Carbon Calculator were covered by the review:
- User interface
- Quality Control procedures
- Emissions factors
- Calculation methodologies
- Approach to land-use change
The review identified several strengths and areas for improvement to support alignment of the tool with the above standards and guidance.
The Carbon Trust has received a detailed action plan of how FCT will enact these recommendations over the next 12 months (with the majority of improvements scheduled for release in April 2024). The Carbon Trust considers that the action plan addresses the points raised in the review.