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Farm Zero C Project


Date: 21 Jun 2021

Project to make 5,000 dairy farms climate neutral awarded €2 million

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris today (Monday, 21 June 2021) awarded the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Future Innovator Prize to the Farm Zero C team at University College Dublin (UCD). This money is to help deliver the climate-neutral farm in Cork and there are plans to extend the strategy to a further 5,000 farms within five years.

Agriculture makes up 35.3% of Ireland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, of which 95% are emissions from livestock agriculture.

The proposed solution from the Farm Zero C team in UCD involves a combination of diverse climate mitigation strategies that, when combined, reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of farms:
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Calculate the value of natural capital
  • Lower the farm’s operational cost
  • Grow the value of its products
Each of the strategies has been either experimented, tested or modelled to find ways for dairy farms to achieve net-zero emissions.

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