Using the Calculator
- Can it be used by all farm types?
Yes. The Calculator can be used by farmers and growers with livestock, arable, horticulture, etc. This includes farms on any scale, soil type or place in the UK.
- What's new?
We have a complete list of what’s different and improved about this version of the Calculator is listed here https://farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk/resources/carbon-calculator/whats-new-2020
- How long will it take to fill in?
This depends on how complex your business is and how organised your records are! The longest part is collating your data in the first place, which could take anything from two or three hours to a whole day. However, once you know where to get the data needed, subsequent times are much quicker.
Filling in data to the Calculator itself is straight forward once you have the necessary data, between around 30 mins and 2 hours.
- How much does it cost?
The Farm Carbon Calculator is free for all farmers and growers. For consultants or paid advisors using the calculator, we charge a license fee. Please contact us to find out more.
- How do you calculate your carbon footprint?
You need to enter data about your farm business, and through the Calculator we convert this in to a carbon footprint. We ask you for details about the following areas of your farm:
Fuels, electricity and business travel
Materials, machinery and buildings
Cropping and fertility
Inputs (fertilisers and sprays)
Waste and recycling
Carbon sequestration in soils and biomass
Once you have the information, you fill in your data in our Carbon Calculator. To do this follow the instructions in the video on the Calculator home page, or use this guide.
- What will it show me?
It will show you the total carbon emissions and carbon sequestration, expressed as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), percentage of total emissions/sequestration, and the carbon balance of your farm business.
The results also show full detail of the emissions/sequestration for every item you enter in the Calculator. Live results also appear as you enter in data, enabling you to compare the results of different items.
Research & Theory
- What are we going to improve in the next version?
A full list of what’s not included this time and why. All these items we will try to include in the next version of the Calculator https://farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk/resources/carbon-calculator/future-developments
- What's included/excluded?
The technical details! The scope of the Calculator is scopes 1, 2 and 3 – meaning it is comprehensive and covers direct and indirect emissions. In IPCC Livestock calculations it covers Tiers 1 and 2.
PAS 2050 is an international standard for carbon footprinting. We are both compliant and not with this standard. The Farm Carbon Calculator is compliant with the methodology of he PAS 2050 but takes a much broader approach as it includes scope 3 (indirect emissions) and carbon sequestration, neither of which are PAS 2050 compliant.
We believe that this wider scope of the Calculator means the Farm Carbon Calculator is far more comprehensive and accurate for the user.
- Do you offer consultancy services?
We offer consultancy and training services to farmers and growers, organisations, and food chain businesses. This can include interpreting results, verifying data, creating a carbon reduction strategy, or doing soil analysis on your farm. Please see our Services page for more details https://farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk/services
- Receiving advice from us - for farmers and consultants
There is advice on how to use the Calculator throughout this website (plus a video here). If you are unable to find the answers you’re looking for, please contact us and we'll do our best to support you.
To understand the meaning of your carbon report and plan your low carbon journey, please browse our toolkit and the various case studies on our website. If you’re a farmer with specific questions then we will do our best to answer them for you – please contact us. For anything more detailed, we offer consultancy services for farmers, advisors and companies.