IPCC 1, 2, 3 - Agrecalc features alignment

Aligning with IPCC Tier 1, 2, 3 - the core of Agrecalc calculations

Agrecalc is Platform-as-a-Service carbon footprinting software. Our calculation software transforms farm level data into emissions estimates, carbon sequestration figures, and key performance indicators.

The carbon footprinting calculator in agriculture relies on equations published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the UK Government to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from all major on-farm and upstream sources, returning these estimates in the form of  simple tables and charts.

The table below represents an overview of Agrecalc features and their alignment with IPCC tier 1, 2, 3 methodologies:

  • Agrecalc is aligned with IPCC (2019; 2006) Tier 2 and 1 methodology. We are PAS 2050:2011 compliant and are broadly aligned with the main industry related carbon frameworks: ISO 14064 and ISO 14067, GHG Protocol and FLAG SBTi. We are moving towards full alignment with industry standards as part of ISO accreditation in 2024 to ISO14064 and ISO14067.
  • We include GWP* as a separate metric alongside traditional GWP100 reporting metrics. 
  • We continue to report to AR5 standard, and will move to AR6 when this is standard for UK Government reporting.
  • For embedded emissions, we are Tier 2: energy use (UK Govt conversion factors), fertiliser manufacture (Fertilisers Europe, 2018), feed databases (GFLI).
  • Tiers is how the categories are structured, and for these we can answer that we are Tier 1 / Tier 2 for most:

Enterprise

Is it in Agrecalc Cloud?

Calculation tiers

Arable and Grassland

Yes.

Mix of tier 2 and 1 calculations; tier 1 equations pending update to Tier 2 in 2024*

Beef

Yes.

Mostly Tier 2 with some Tier 1 calculations remaining; tier 1 equations pending update to Tier 2 in 2024*

Sheep

Yes.

Mostly Tier 2 with some Tier 1 calculations remaining; tier 1 equations pending update to Tier 2 in 2024*

Pigs

Yes.

Mostly Tier 2 with some Tier 1 calculations remaining; tier 1 equations pending update to Tier 2 in 2024*

Poultry

Yes.

Mostly Tier 2 with some Tier 1 calculations remaining; tier 1 equations pending update to Tier 2 in 2024*

Anaerobic Digestion

Yes.

Mix of tier 2 and 1 calculations

Horticulture

Yes.

Mix of tier 2 and 1 calculations

Peatland

Pending further release 2024

Tier 2

Agroforestry

Pending further release 2024

Tier 2

Feed Ration module

Pending further release 2024

Tier 2

Feed methane inhibitors

Yes.

Tier 2

Nitrification / Urease inhibitors

Yes.

Tier 2; UK GHG Inventory

Ammonia Module

Pending further release 2024/2025

Tier 2; aligned with UK Ammonia Inventory

Sequestration

Woodland pending update 2024
Hedges pending update 2024

Soil pending update early 2024 (Tier 1); Tier 2 later in 2024

Tier 1, pending Tier 2 update

Tier 1, pending Tier 2 update

Tier 1, pending Tier 2 update

* All ruminant emissions are Tier 2, all pig and poultry are Tier 2 (FAO GLEAM); Tier 1 equations remaining relate primarily to indirect nitrous oxide from land and livestock management. Updates in Agrecalc Cloud will include a full transition to Tier 2 in 2024.

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