Online Turf understands the importance of looking after the environment. UK) 30 June 2012
Online Turf understands the importance of looking after the environment. Like all agricultural farmers, they know that the quality of the earth and air can spell the difference between the best possible crop and complete disaster. For years now areas of the farm that aren’t suitable for turf production have been used as part of a tree-planting scheme, and natural hedges are allowed to grow on the edges of certain sections of land to encourage local wildlife. The farm represents part of the local green belt, and it is important to maintain this link to nature.
However, modern farming can also be fairly carbon intensive, requiring the use of large machinery and transport vehicles. The power commitments of Online Turf can also be very high, with a bustling office and barns for processing orders. It is with this in mind that the company is currently working on implementing solar panels for help with power requirements, in order to reduce the burden on fossil fuels and local power stations. Even taking this into account, concerns had been raised about the potential size of Online Turf’s carbon footprint.
M.D. Ian Mercer made the decision to examine the carbon footprint of Online Turf, to see if there were any problems and where improvements could be made. Assigning a team of students and recent graduates, figures were calculated, including disparate elements such as haulage of the turf to customers, fuel used by tractors, and production of fertiliser for the fields themselves. On the opposite side of the coin, the advantage of turf production is that rather than being eaten or processed or otherwise disposed of after harvesting, it is instead planted in another area (i.e. customer gardens) and then allowed to grow and improve the local area.
After several days of hard calculations, the maths states that Online Turf is carbon negative, emitting less carbon than it absorbs. On average, 361 tonnes of carbon are saved each year by growing and distributing turf efficiently. Although the team remain cautious about their findings, they’re hopeful that results will continue to be positive for the environment.
“I’m really pleased that we seem to be taking the right action to be carbon negative,” said Ian Mercer. “The new solar panels have really helped our case, and we’re moving towards having more efficient delivery systems...I’m very excited about the potential of these findings.”
The full report is due to be finalised next month, and full reports will be published on http://www.onlineturf.co.uk/carbon-footprint.aspx so that any customers with an interest on their environmental impact are able to assess the findings. Preliminary reports are currently available on request from the company.
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