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Low Carbon Strategies in Agriculture and Agri-Food Supply Chains

Low carbon agriculture strategies can help discover the best leverage points for reducing emissions while supporting increased sustainability of products.10% of Canada’s GHG emissions come from crop and livestock production (AAFC) leaving ample room for emission reduction activities by agri-food, agri-business, and any scale of producers.

Viresco has expertise and the technical skills necessary to investigate the methods and practices that reduce GHG emissions from agricultural products as well as agricultural operations. We develop and implement climate-smart agriculture strategies with our clients to achieve continuous improvement of the emissions profile of the agricultural operation, practice, or product. This means our clients have a roadmap towards a more resilient business model to protect against future uncertainties.

Our team provides support for testing, research, commercialization or GHG quantification associated with a product or service, applied research, and investigation of practices that can reduce a company’s carbon footprint. For example, our team has:

  • Viresco Solutions worked with Fertilizer Canada to develop a National 4R Climate Smart Protocol Strategy.  Fertilizer Canada commissioned a report by Viresco Solutions to lay out a strategy for national implementation.
  • Worked with Fertilizer Canada to develop the Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction carbon offset protocol, to provide producers with a financial incentive to adopt beneficial nitrogen fertilizer management practices
  • Supported the testing and commercialization of DSM’s Clean Cow Compound in Alberta, demonstrating the product at scale and proving the associated carbon revenue model, to provide a climate-smart solution for the beef and dairy sector.

Agricultural Carbon Markets – Mobilising the Biological Bridge

The following webinar describes Viresco’s work in biological emission reductions in agricultural supply chains, in the international context of meeting the UNFCCC 2 oC target, and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We also describe the innovative methods we use to finance climate smart agricultural projects, and give examples from our ongoing work.

The webinar was originally presented at the “International Conference on Geography and Development 2018”, kindly hosted by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi, Ghana in collaboration with the Sam Huston State University of Texas, USA and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana.