Alltech E-CO2 working with He Waka Eke Noa to provide environmental assessments on greenhouse gas emissions for New Zealand farms
[AUCKLAND, New Zealand] – As the agriculture industry continues to move toward more sustainable solutions, Alltech E-CO2 is pleased to be working with He Waka Eke Noa: The Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership to provide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission assessments to New Zealand dairy farmers. A release issued by He Waka Eke Noa on March 28 states that all farms in Aotearoa New Zealand will need to know their GHG numbers by the end of 2022, and Alltech E-CO2 Dairy EA™ has been assessed and classified by the organization as a GHG calculator for dairy farms.
Alltech E-CO2 has developed the Dairy EA™ model to help producers measure and lower the carbon footprint of their dairy operation. These accredited assessments capture a wealth of in-depth data on animal production, health, feed, fertilizer, water, energy, and resource use. Clear and concise information is delivered via reports for producers and industry, along with on-farm consultancy advice.
“Farmers are always striving to improve animal health, welfare and productivity,” said Nigel Meads, innovation sales manager for Alltech New Zealand. “What makes the Alltech E-CO2 approach such an exciting concept is that it quantifies the gains in environmental performance that come along with these improvements and is focused on the animal, the environment and profitability.”
He Waka Eke Noa has developed resources to help industry bodies and farmers understand their agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Knowing a farm’s nitrous oxide and methane numbers is the first step toward managing — and knowing how to reduce — on-farm emissions.
“Measurement is key. Our farmers understanding their numbers means they are in a position to decide how to make changes to their farming practices to mitigate or reduce emissions,” said Kelly Forster, programme director for He Waka Eke Noa: The Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership. “There are now a range of tools that have been assessed as suitable for calculating a farm’s biological greenhouse gases, and more are in development and will be assessed soon.”
Dairy EA™ provides producers with a summary report that splits out the three key GHGs and identifies the sources of each. Furthermore, guidance is given in the report on recommended actions that farmers can take to help improve their numbers.
This development comes as Alltech continues to focus on its mission of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™, which calls for the agri-food industry to utilize science-based solutions, collaboration and innovation to help ensure sustainable food production while conserving the Earth’s natural resources. Working with He Waka Eke Noa and New Zealand’s producers to provide measurement tools to ensure their sustainability and profitability contributes to Alltech’s Planet of Plenty mission as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action, which is one of the nine SDGs to which Alltech is committed.