Development and implementation of a result-based funding mechanism for carbon farming in EU mixed crop livestock systems

Reference: LIFE20 CCM/FR/001663 | Acronym: LIFE CARBON FARMING

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The agriculture sector generates several greenhouse gases – methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide – and is responsible for 10.1% ofEuropean GHG emissions. However, carbon sequestration in soil can also help remove atmospheric CO2.

 


OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the LIFE CARBON FARMING is to reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural products by 15% within six years, using result-based funding. Carbon finance has a key role to play in incentivising and expanding low-carbon initiatives. The project will bring together actors involved in agriculture and other economic sectors (public bodies, industrial companies and banks) to implement carbon finance mechanisms in six European countries.

Specifically, the project will aim to:

  • Develop a harmonised sustainability assessment methodology and a common process for monitoring, reporting and verifying to help farmers reduce the carbon footprint of their farms and measure the progress achieved via Carbon Farming Projects (CFP);
  • Train farmers and advisers, and apply CFP in 700 farms in France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Spain;
  • Evaluate CFP implementation costs to improve funding initiative schemes;
  • Implement and disseminate carbon offset mechanisms that will consist of the development of a voluntary carbon market (recruitment of carbon buyers, contract procedures between farmers, project developers and carbon buyers); and
  • Create and promote a European network of farmers and partners involved in CFP to share knowledge and replicate the project results and tools.

The project contributes to EU climate policy goals, such as the EU 2030 Climate target plan COM/2020/562 (Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition Investing in a climate-neutral future for the benefit of our people), and the Effort Sharing Regulation (Decision No 406/2009/EC). The project is also relevant to the EU common agricultural policy CAP and its ‘farm to fork’ strategy.


RESULTS

Expected results:

  • 700 sustainability audits carried out in mixed crop-livestock farms and 700 farmers applying a low carbon strategy;
  • 15% reduction of the carbon footprint of farms (considering GHG reduction and carbon sequestration increase), which corresponds to 633 841 tonnes-eq CO2 for the 700 farms involved in the project;
  • Revenue of €6.34m for farmers (credits corresponding to carbon offset);
  • 18 Carbon Farming Projects implemented in six contracting countries;
  • 78 advisers trained in sustainability assessments in farms and building mitigation action plans.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE20 CCM/FR/001663
Acronym: LIFE CARBON FARMING
Start Date: 01/10/2021
End Date: 01/10/2027
Total Budget: 6,660,720 €
EU Contribution: 3,662,377 €
Project Location: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: Institut de l'Elevage
Legal Status: PNC
Address: Rue de Bercy, 149, 75012, PARIS, France
Contact Person: Jean Baptiste DOLLE
Email: jean-baptiste.dolle@idele.fr
Tel: 617672114
Website: http://www.idele.fr


LIFE Project Map

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

THEMES

  • GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors
  • Environmental accounting
  • Awareness raising - Information
  • Environmental training - Capacity building
  • Carbon sequestration

KEYWORDS

  • Agriculture
  • environmental performance
  • agroforestry
  • environmental training
  • greenhouse gas
  • behaviour pattern
  • certification
  • environmental accounting
  • financial instrument
  • environmental impact of agriculture
  • carbon sequestration
  • climate change mitigation

TARGET EU LEGISLATION

  • COM(2011)885 - EU 2050 Energy Roadmap (15.12.2011)

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
Institut de l'Elevage Coordinator
ULiège (Université de Liège), Belgium Participant
CA 15(Chambre d'Agriculture du Cantal), France Participant
CRAB(Britany Chambers of Agriculture), France Participant
Coop de Fr(Coop de France), France Participant
CRAN(Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Normandie), France Participant
I4CE(I4CE - INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE ECONOMICS), France Participant
INTERBEV(INTERBEV), France Participant
CNIEL(Centre National Interprofessionnel de l'Economie Laitière), France Participant
CA 03(Chambre d'Agriculture de l'Allier), France Participant
CA 64(Chambre d'Agriculture des Pyrénées Atlantiques), France Participant
FCEL(France Conseil Elevage), France Participant
APAL(Association de Production Animale de l'Est), France Participant
ATB(Leibniz-Institut fuer Agrartechnik und Biooekonomie eV), Germany Participant
TEAGASC(Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Ireland Participant
ASPROCARNE(ORGANIZZAZIONE PRODUTTORI CARNE PIEMONTE), Italy Participant
UNICARVE(UNICARVE - Associazione Produttori Carni Bovine), Italy Participant
CREA(Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria), Italy Participant
AIA(ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA ALLEVATORI), Italy Participant
CRPA(Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali - CRPA S.p.A.), Italy Participant
LORRA(LORRA S COOP), Spain Participant
ASOPROVAC(Asociacion Productores de vacuno de carne), Spain Participant
NEIKER(NEIKER-Instituto Vasco de Investigacion y Desarrollo Agrario S.A.), Spain Participant
ASOPRO Cyl(ASOPROVAC Castilla y Leon), Spain Participant
LACTIBER(LACTIBER LEON), Spain Participant
AGACAL(Axencia Galega de Calidade Alimentaria), Spain Participant
AINTA(ASESORIA INTEGRAL AGROALIMENTARIA SL), Spain Participant
COVAP(Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza Ganadera del Valle de Los Pedroches), Spain Participant
FACTOR CO2(Factor Ideas Integral Services, S.L.), Spain Participant
SERIDA(Servicio Regional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Agroalimentario), Spain Participant
ASOPRO Cat(ASOPROVAC CATALUNYA), Spain Participant
GESTRUM(GESTRUM INTEGRAL SL), Spain Participant