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About Agrecalc (powered by SRUC)


Agrecalc is the market-leading farm carbon calculator that makes farm greenhouse gas emissions visible, helping actors across the food supply chain take confident and cost-effective steps towards a net-zero future. By benchmarking and monitoring farm greenhouse gas emissions, we hope to support a low-carbon future for food production.

We baseline and evaluate carbon emissions with a focus on production efficiency. For each farm report, Agrecalc produces a resource use assessment, also known as a carbon footprint. This report shows the type, source, and extent of greenhouse gas emissions produced from farm activities, highlighting areas where changes can be made to reduce emissions.

The three main greenhouse gases produced from agriculture include carbon dioxide, produced by burning fossil fuels; methane, produced as a natural by-product of animal digestion and; nitrous oxide which is released from soils following the application of nitrogen fertiliser (manufactured and organic) and soil disturbance.

Making more efficient use of resources strongly correlates with reduced production costs per kg of output, improving profitability of the farm business whilst reducing climate impacts

SRUC is unique in UK agriculture in the extent to which one organisation combines Education, Research and Consultancy. SAC Consultancy has drawn on support from SRUC research in the development of its carbon management services and tools. SRUC research is increasingly focused on the impact of agriculture and the land based industries on climate change and the practical steps on farm which can be taken to reduce carbon emissions. SRUC has a proven track record of research and advice covering a wide range of carbon issues in soil, crop and livestock production. This strong science base ensures our consultants provide up to the minute comprehensive advice on carbon management which they then roll out to their farmer clients in practical terms.

Development of Agrecalc © (Agricultural Resource Efficiency Calculator)

SAC Consulting developed Agrecalc as an agricultural resource efficiency calculator that determines on-farm emissions on a whole farm, enterprise, and product basis. This allows meaningful comparisons to be made across farms and production systems. 

Only by breaking down emissions and resource use by enterprise can weaknesses be identified and actions to improve performance highlighted. Benchmarking emissions and key performance indicators against similar farms helps identify areas for imrpovement. 

Key features of Agrecalc ©