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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01056: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 24 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to encourage increased uptake of carbon auditing among farmers.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 31 May 2017

Carbon audit tools can help farmers and crofters manage and reduce the carbon footprint of farming and crofting. By using resources more efficiently it can also potentially improve profitability.

The agriculture chapter in our draft Climate Change Action Plan commits to consulting on how best to ensure maximum uptake of carbon audits. Use of such tools is also promoted through the Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service.

Participation in the Beef Efficiency Scheme will also involve beef farmers in conducting carbon audits – 1880 beef farmers have signed up to take part in that scheme.