New tools are under development in SOLID, transforming information on how to reduce the environmental impacts into customised, cost-effective suggestions.
The partners in the SOLID project invite UK dairy farmers to participate in the Practical Sustainability Assessment Workshop which will be held at The Organic Research Centre in Berkshire on Wednesday September 24, 2014.
This workshop will provide an overview of sustainability assessment methods and the various carbon footprinting tools available for UK dairy farmers. New methods for including soil carbon changes and biodiversity indicators within sustainability assessments will also be presented.
The day will consist of a mix of practical sessions (i.e. trying out existing tools and methods), feedback sessions and speaker presentations.
SOLID, WP4 is working on improving the environmental life cycle assess-ment (LCA) of dairy production – e.g. including the effect of soil carbon changes and on biodiversity. Using a new approach to include biodiversity in LCA of dairy systems in three European countries indicated that a high share of grassland in the dairy systems reduced biodiversity losses accu-mulated over the entire chain.
What are the hot spots in the environmental performance of low input and organic dairy systems? How can the actors in the chain take action on these hot spot? How do those systems compare with other dairy chains? These are important questions that are being raised by the EU and stakeholders in the dairy chain and which we seek to address in SOLID WP 4.
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