MLA Video – Digitised greenhouse gas calculator for producers 

Click the link above to watch beef producers (like us!) explain why we think it is important to measure your carbon footprint.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched an online, web-based greenhouse gas (GHG) calculator for Australian sheep and beef producers.

According to MLA’s Managing Director, Jason Strong, completing a carbon account is an important first step for producers to increase their carbon awareness and determine what their net GHG emissions position is, so they can identify strategies to reduce these emissions and improve carbon storage on-farm.

“Calculating baseline carbon emissions and sequestered carbon is an essential first step for producers who are considering opportunities arising from low or zero carbon red meat, such as carbon-neutral branded products, or who simply want to improve their productivity and profitability.

“A carbon account can be used in on-farm decision making and sets a benchmark to show progress over time. Just as financial accounting aids financial decision making and reporting, carbon accounting aids decision making and reporting around how carbon is – or is not – utilised on-farm.

“The calculator also enables the calculation of an emissions intensity figure and improves on-farm data collection and storage capabilities.

“Calculation and reporting of on-farm emissions and emissions intensity for red meat products are likely to be a requirement for on-going and emerging market access in the future and the improvement to the usability of this process will support red meat producers in the process,” said Mr Strong.

The calculator will provide a baseline carbon account with total greenhouse gas emissions for the property and the emissions intensity of product produced.

The calculator will enhance on-farm data collection and storage capabilities, and ensure relevant information is on hand when market opportunities arise that require historical data.

A carbon account is an important tool for business planning as it allows producers to understand their current position and identify areas for improvement.