We encourage and support farmers to reduce their farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase their carbon sequestration, farm energy resilience and in doing so also improve their farm business for the future.
We do this by:
- stimulating discussion and understanding about climate change and farm GHG emissions and our response as farmers and growers
- providing a range of tools to enable farmers to take action on their own farms
- providing a range of platforms for farmers to share their experiences and queries with other farmers
- demonstrating farm energy saving, renewable energy generation and how to build energy resilience into your farm
The ethics and philosophy underpinning FCCT’s vision are:
1. Reducing GHG emissions:
- Global scientific and political consensus is that climate change is happening due to greenhouse gas emissions released by human activity.
- The current modelling indicates that continuing the current rates of GHG emission will result in step-shift to the planet’s climate in the near future, driving a multitude of harmful impacts on human, animal and plant civilisation.
- In the UK, agriculture is the main source of nitrous oxide and methane, two of the more powerful greenhouse gases.
- Farmers and growers can produce quality food, enhance biodiversity and absorb more carbon than they emit by shifting the way their businesses work.
2. Energy Resilience and Renewable Energy Generation
- The era of cheap energy – which has underpinned industrial development and on which our current industrial society depends – is over as fossil fuels become less cheaply or reliably exploitable. Energy costs are set to significantly increase, whilst availability will decrease.
- Fossil fuels will also become more volatile both in price and availability.
- UK agriculture and horticulture is highly dependant on fossil fuels for a range of purposes, including artificial fertilisers, running machinery and distribution.
- Farm profitability is partially dependant on power and input costs; reducing energy usage (and energy intense inputs) and generating renewable energy gives a farm greater energy resilience as the farm less affected by price volatility or fuel availability.
- Many renewable energy sources (sun, wind, biomass and geothermal) require access to land to be exploited – farmers are well positioned to take advantage of the renewable revolution.
3. Farmer to farmer, making change possible
- FCT is farmer initiated and organised for the benefit of farmers and growers
- Farmer to farmer support and information sharing is an effective means for best practice dissemination and enabling action
- Farm changes to reduce GHG emissions should benefit farm profitability and farm produce marketability
- There are no set solutions, FCT supports farmers demonstrating a wide range of technologies and farm systems as are appropriate to each individual farm