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Farming for Carbon and Nature

Using university & college farmland to capture carbon and restore nature

About

A tertiary sector scheme enabling farmers on university and college owned land to use carbon payments to adopt more nature friendly farming practices that store carbon, improve soil health, increase wildlife, and provide more opportunities for students to access, and engage with, nature.

Many UK universities are declaring carbon reduction targets and need to reduce their emissions considerably. However, they will continue attracting international students and conducting overseas research. We hope this sector changing scheme will be of real value in addressing the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis as well as increasing farm resilience and food security.

We hope this sector changing scheme will be of real value in addressing the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis as well as increasing farm resilience and food security.

How it works

Farming for Carbon & Nature provides an opportunity for universities who wish to offset these unavoidable Scope 3 emissions to make payments to farmers enabling them to transition to more nature friendly farming practices that can sequester carbon.

A fiscal model is being developed that will be owned and managed within the tertiary education sector and externally verified by a leading offsetting organisation.

Nature friendly farming methods will be adopted such as minimum or no till, direct drilling, cover crops, perennials and green manures. These methods maximise carbon sequestration, biodiversity and soil health. Students will play a key part in monitoring biodiversity on the farms increasing their access to, and engagement with, nature.

Funders

This work is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Get involved

Universities and colleges can get involved if they are interested in adopting more nature friendly farming practices on farmland they own or if they are looking to offset unavoidable Scope 3 emissions.

If you would like to be kept up to date on the progress of Farming for Carbon & Nature, or have any questions, please email Tilly or Odette.