Carbon Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment Workshop
The first Carbon Footprint (CF) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Workshop, part of the second Distance Learning Module from the Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) being developed by IBERS at Aberystwyth University, SENRGY at Bangor University and NIAB-TAG in Cambridge, took place in Birmingham on January 31st and February 1st.
The associated Distance Learning Module on CF and LCA is one of several modules being made available as a result of ATP funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
During the two day workshop, participants learned about current methodologies to calculate carbon footprint values and define parameters for LCA in pasture-based agriculture. They were also given a taste of the complexities, strengths and weaknesses of current assessment methods.
The delegates concluded that the ‘take home message’ from the workshop was: ‘There are significant opportunities to lower pasture-based agriculture’s carbon footprint through implementation of more economically and environmentally efficient farm management practices.’ Following the workshop, participants have the opportunity to continue with a 12 week Distance Learning Module to gain in-depth knowledge of the topic.
This module has so far won the interest of farmers, agricultural consultants, veterinarians, associates of the agriculture and horticultural development board (AHDB) and food retailers, but is expected to achieve a broader audience as word gets out to the wider agricultural community.
Participants particularly enjoyed the conversations that evolved around workshop themes during which a diversity of experience, knowledge and opinions were shared. Many of them look forward to continuing those discussions in online forums during the full Distance Learning Module program, starting in the third week of February 2013.
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Advanced Training Partnership Coordinator
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