Agrecalc team Certified Carbon Literate

We are proud to announce that the entire Agrecalc team has achieved Carbon Literacy certification. This important accreditation was awarded after in-depth assessments conducted by the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in collaboration with SAC Consulting (part of SRUC).

The Agrecalc team underwent comprehensive training facilitated by lecturers from Keep Scotland Beautiful and SAC Consulting. The training included a full-day immersive session and an assessment designed to showcase our deep understanding of carbon literacy and our commitments to reducing our own carbon footprint.

This training initiative represents a groundbreaking approach to deliver accreditation to futureproof agricultural, food supply chain and land-based businesses on the journey to net zero.

Training puts the power in rural businesses' hands

SAC Consulting, alongside environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, provide a unique opportunity for professionals in agriculture, food and beverage, and land management sectors to obtain a recognised Carbon Literacy qualification, ensuring the resilience of their enterprises and supporting Scotland’s ambitious net zero targets.

The accredited training is designed specifically for the rural industries to put the power in their hands. It will support businesses to embed and enable sustainable behaviour changes with the same foundation of knowledge for everyone, effectively levelling the playing field towards the Just Transition to net zero whether participants manage a croft, farm, estate, SME, or a global multinational.

The commitments made by the Agrecalc team reflect creativity and innovation, from hosting and participating in carbon-neutral events to optimising server efficiency by deleting obsolete files, thus reducing CO2 generated by electricity consumption, as well as F-gases needed for cooling.

Skills for tangible actions

Carbon Literacy, and the management of carbon assets and processes, is considered to be key to the future of land management, agriculture, and food and drink production, which all hold significant carbon impacts for Scotland.

Once accredited, teams can embed the knowledge and skills to take tangible action towards measuring and reducing carbon emissions from everyday activities in their business.

The commitments made by the Agrecalc team reflect creativity and innovation, from hosting and participating in carbon-neutral events to optimising server efficiency by deleting obsolete files, thus reducing CO2 generated by electricity consumption, as well as F-gases needed for cooling. These efforts are aligned with Agrecalc’s commitment to the UN’s sustainability goals, showcasing our dedication to a greener, more sustainable future.

Hope for future possibilities

Aleksandra Stevanovic, Head of Marketing at Agrecalc, said: “This accreditation is the pinnacle of a climb that was long, and at times, seemed insurmountable. For anyone who has been in the environmental space for as many years as I have been, the change we’re seeing now seems like a victory – although there is still a stretched-out road ahead. But now everybody is talking about tackling the climate change, in any small way that they can.

“That is something that fills me with hope; that a critical mass has been reached – and that there’s no turning back to the apathy that once permeated this space. Agriculture has the power to be the solution – the only industry that can say so for itself. As someone somewhere so succinctly put it – revolution is rural.”

Catherine Gee, Deputy CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful added: “Our Just Transition to net zero in Scotland requires innovation and cross-sector collaboration at an unprecedented scale and speed. We all need to think differently, openly, and creatively about the challenges, possibilities, and opportunities ahead.   

“Our partnership brings together expertise and credibility from SAC Consulting and Keep Scotland Beautiful to provide accredited Carbon Literacy training for the rural industries. Experts from both organisations have developed this new, certified course tailored specifically for agriculture, food supply chain, and land-based businesses in Scotland. 

“The training will empower businesses working in these industries to develop and implement credible and feasible plans for measuring and reducing carbon emissions and catalyse behaviour change at scale.”

To find out how your company can obtain Carbon Literacy Certification, please follow the link: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/carbonliteracy-ruralindustries

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