Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Agricultural Industry
In the agricultural industry, the majority of carbon is produced by their machinery. The government has told the industry as a whole that by 2020 they will need to cut their emissions by 11%. However, they are not the only industry the government is cracking down on. To reduce carbon emissions across the country, the government has requested that every company on the London stock market send them a report about their carbon activity. This includes everything from how their employees travel to the workplace to what suppliers they choose. This is in a bid for the country to reduce their carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
The agricultural industry alone is responsible for 9% of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in the UK currently. The majority of greenhouse gases produced from agriculture activity comes from using fertilizers that produce nitrous oxide. Using manure and slurry also account for a considerable amount of greenhouse gases produced on farms. Fuel and heating that produce CO2 are also contributors to the problem. If we factor in the greenhouse gases contributed from the livestock industry, we can begin to see that reducing total greenhouse gases across all industries is increasingly important.
In an aim to reduce this figure in the UK, the government has invested £12.6 million into a new scheme. This program will offer advice to farmers on how to reduce their carbon footprint, including selecting suppliers that can help them reduce their emissions.
A key strategy farmers can use to reduce their carbon emissions is by targeting reductions from their fuel supplier. In terms of fuel usage, many farmers are taking advantage of the low cost of red diesel, a low-tax low-cost fuel designed for farmers only. Red diesel (which simply has a red dye added to it) can be used by any standard diesel vehicle but is illegal for use on public roads.
To power their tractors and other equipment, farmers depend on the low cost of using red diesel to harvest their crops. For the everyday farmer, this is how they receive their income. Unfortunately, red diesel is harmful to the environment and farmers are stuck wondering if there is anything they can do to reduce emissions without going broke? The government in the UK is now in a position to fine any farmer that is not on course to meet the 11% carbon reduction target in effort to fast track it’s carbon cutting goal.
In an effort to satisfy new carbon reduction targets, a new fuel has been created. It is designed to reduce carbon emissions from farming and other related industries. Carbon offset gas oil can offset the carbon released from using red diesel.
Carbon offset gas oil is a standard fuel, but for a small additional cost, is totally carbon offset. The profits from carbon offset gas oil are used by a carbon offsetting firm to purchase carbon credits. These credits are then used to make drinking water more accessible to those in third world countries, to control pollution and produce renewable energy, amongst other things. Basically, the small extra cost incurred is used to offset carbon in other ways throughout the world.
Any company that needs to produce a government carbon counting report can use carbon offset gas oil on the report. Farms can now reduce their carbon activity by selecting an alternative fuel. It is a direct replacement for standard red diesel.
Carbon offset gas oil is supplied in the UK by Speedy Fuels.
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