University of Hertfordshire

A comparison of carbon accounting tools and an evaluation of their potential for greenhouse gas mitigation

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmission of Gas and Dust from Livestock
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Symposium on EMIssion of Gas and Dust from LIvestock (EMILI 2012)
EditorsMélynda Hassouna, Nadine Guingand
Place of PublicationRennes, France
Pages255-259
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
EventThe international symposium on Emissions of Gas and Dust from Livestock - Saint-Malo, France
Duration: 10 Jun 201213 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceThe international symposium on Emissions of Gas and Dust from Livestock
CountryFrance
CitySaint-Malo
Period10/06/1213/06/12

Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a study that compared a number of carbon accounting tools suitable for European farm businesses, including CALM, IMPACCT, CPlan, COOL and others promoted by retailers, the aim being to evaluate their ability to guide farmers to adopt more climate friendly practices.
The various tools were first characterised regarding, for example, their approach to the calculation, their scope and boundaries, the targeted end-user and purpose (e.g. marketing, assurance, benchmarking, policy). Using standardised scenarios the outputs from each tool were compared and evaluated in terms of their sensitivity to changing practices, their ability to identify areas for improvement, the significance of output variance in this context and, finally, model functionality.
Results revealed a number of positive characteristics in the studied models, but showed that few are sufficiently detailed to be useful for practical on-farm climate change mitigation across Europe.

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