Voluntary carbon markets for farmers discussed in Dowth

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Voluntary carbon markets for farmers discussed in Dowth

A group of representatives from across the agricultural industry met earlier this month at the Netterville Institute in Dowth, Co. Meath, for a SmartDairy stakeholder workshop.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss and co-design a voluntary carbon market for the Irish agri-food sector, which can be used as a tool to help achieve the sector’s government-set emission reduction targets.

Agriland attended the event, where representatives from agricultural backgrounds, banks and government departments, as well as stakeholders from the agricultural sector and agro-media heard the views of an ‘idealistic carbon market’ in Ireland.

SmartDairy Stakeholder Workshop

SmartDairy is an international multidisciplinary project that assesses challenges, explores innovations and aims to create new solutions to realize a climate-smart dairy system.

SmartDairy includes partners from Ireland (University of Galway), the UK, Italy and Finland. It is funded through the ERA-NET 2021 joint FOSC Susfood2; funding for Ireland is provided by the Competitive Research Funding Program of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

The main aim of the Irish SmartDairy project is to explore and test the implementation of voluntary carbon markets in the dairy supply chain.

The dialogue with small and large groups discussed how to implement a carbon market in the Irish agri-food sector.

The workshop findings will be used to test small-scale carbon markets in living labs and to design larger studies to test the acceptability of carbon markets by farmers and citizens.

In addition, findings will also be communicated with a view to facilitating measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.

Farmers or companies interested in participating in the voluntary CO2 market trials can contact the SmartDairy project team.

After the workshop, participants were given a tour of the Devenish Lands near Dowth and learned about the sustainability measures taking place there.

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