From the Business Futures Forum Team

With the need to work towards becoming carbon neutral because of global warming and climate change at a time when many businesses are struggling we thought you’d be interested in hearing about two online events and a video that could help you to achieve this.

Both events are free and have to be booked directly through the organisers – Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Herefordshire Rural Hub.

Virtual Sustainability Forum by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce 30th September via Zoom from 10am – 11am.

The path to becoming carbon neutral and the role of electric heating with ambitious targets set for net zero carbon emissions, what does this mean for businesses and how can they achieve it? You might think you know electric heating but with a radically decarbonised electricity grid and advances in technology this is becoming the low carbon option. With grants available to switch from oil or gas heating or replace older less efficient electrical heating, now is the time to look at this again.

  • Carbon foot printing for your business and how to become carbon neutral – Dominic Lavelle, MD, Go Green Experts Ltd based in Worcester.
  • Electric heating today ranging from radiators to storage heaters and heat pumps – Darrel Handley, Business Development Manager, Glen Dimplex. 

For more details and booking click here

“How to use the farm carbon calculator” from the Herefordshire Rural Hub 6.00pm on Wednesday 30th September 2020

To dig more deeply into how the online carbon calculator works join the live online session. Becky Wilson will discuss common pitfalls to avoid, where to collect the data from, how to enter the data and more explanation about what goes into each category. This session will be run using a practical example of a farm to enter the data as we go along and discuss where things go.

Becky Willson has been involved in applied research around resource management for 10 years, specialising in translating science into practical measures. The creator of the Farm Crap App, she is also a Nuffield scholar and currently leads research looking at soil carbon sequestration working with a wide range of farmers. Becky works with farmers and organisations to understand more about the impact of climate change on their businesses, calculating carbon footprints and developing carbon reduction strategies.

If you would like to join this live online session, please book your free place with Herefordshire Rural Hub Email:   bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

Herefordshire Rural Hub and Faster Farmers free online talk on “Low Carbon Farming – How to turn aspiration into reality”

There’s a lot of attention on the environmental impact of agriculture at the moment, alongside the focus on carbon and climate change. But what is agriculture’s impact and how can we measure and manage carbon on farm? And will it create new business opportunities?  This introductory talk by Becky Willson highlights some of the key issues around agriculture and climate change and sets out the principles behind measuring carbon on your farm using online toolkits.   

 CLICK HERE to watch the video.

These Faster Farmers events are funded by Fastershire – the partnership between Herefordshire Council and Gloucestershire County Council to bring faster broadband to the two countieswww.fastershire.com