BASF has launched a Carbon Program to assist farmers in reducing CO2 emissions.
Because agriculture accounts for over 20% of global CO2 emissions, agricultural methods that effectively lower emissions can make a significant contribution to climate change mitigation.
According to a statement from BASF, the business will establish a program that will allow farmers to track and maximize the benefits of the policies they have implemented to reduce CO2 emissions, as well as make their efforts to battle climate change apparent.
The Carbon Program supplements BASF’s promise to reduce the carbon footprint per ton of crop produced in wheat, soybeans, rice, canola, and maize by 30% by 2030. Beginning in 2022, BASF will roll out the initiative in stages.
The Carbon Program will encourage farmers to follow sustainable farming techniques and make better use of BASF’s portfolio. Seeds, varieties, chemical and biological crop protection products, and solutions for farm digitization and fertilizer management are among the company’s offerings.
The initiative will be aided by technologies that will coach and advise farmers in their decision-making in order to improve their contribution to sustainability over time. They will be able to cut emissions produced on their farms as well as trap more carbon in the soil as a result of this program. Furthermore, BASF will build a global platform for farmers to accumulate carbon credits that are certified by recognized bodies, allowing them to gain additional revenue from their efforts to cut emissions.
The primary sector is critical in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing global warming. As a result, BASF’s initiative recognizes the importance of farmers being able to grow better crops and will help them become more flexible in their field operations in order to boost output.
“The establishment of the Carbon Program reaffirms our commitment to long-term agriculture sustainability. It will allow farmers all over the world to improve the health of their soils, cut emissions, capture carbon, and be rewarded for their efforts in mitigating climate change at the same time “President of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions Division, Vincent Gros, stated.
Long-term field trials have been begun at the Division to investigate sustainable agriculture techniques, soil carbon absorption, and on-farm emission reductions. BASF will be able to offer farmers solutions based on the results of these trials, allowing them to take advantage of synergies between the company’s technological innovations, the potential of digitalization in agriculture – thanks to the use of the xarvio platform – and AgBalance, the company’s internationally recognized sustainability advisory tool.
BASF plans to grow its client range and collaborations along the value chain in 2022, as well as actively explore additional carbon management agreements.
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