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New climate-measuring device in the pipeline

Another Danish project designed to improve agriculture’s climate footprint is underway. A digital tool will enable farmers to calculate the impact their farms have on the climate.

A digital climate device is being developed by the agricultural innovation centre, SEGES, in collaboration with Organic Denmark. In brief, the project aims to create a device that can calculate how much each farm impacts the climate. It will also be able to compare a farm’s climate footprint with that of other farms and then provide various options for reducing the climate footprint.

"This is really good news. The device offers significant perspectives for both the farmer and for agriculture as a whole. Once we have developed the tool, the agricultural sector will be able to take a more targeted approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says Hans Roust Thysen, Head of the Centre for Climate and Responsibility at SEGES.

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The development of the device is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Food through the Per Mille Levy Fund to the tune of DKK 7.6 million.

Following an open tender, the project was assigned to Organic Denmark and the Danish Agriculture & Food Council’s research organisation, SEGES. The device is expected to be ready for use at the end of 2021. It will be used to help farmers reduce their climate footprint.

Climate measuring device:

What: The development of a climate tool to measure climate footprint at farm level. The tool can be used by all branches of agriculture – conventional or organic – and will help reduce climate footprint throughout Danish agriculture. The tool will also make Life Cycle Assessments of agricultural products based on international standards. The assessment will include products bought and sold from the farm.

Who: DAFC’s research organisation, SEGES, and Organic Denmark

When: The climate measuring device is expected to be ready at the end of 2021

Background: The Danish food sector aims to be climate neutral by 2050. Digital solutions, the political regulatory framework and operational adjustments are important factors in achieving