Rhug Estate is leading the way once again by investing in measuring and monitoring its carbon footprint so that improvements can be made to make the entire farm business reach the Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Estate is transitioning into a carbon neutral world and has taken the first step by creating a new position – a Low Carbon Project Manager. The Manager, Mared Williams, started in February, and her first job is to calculate Rhug Organic Farm’s carbon footprint. A bespoke climate action plan will then be developed to mitigate and offset emissions across every sector of Rhug Estate’s business, including the residential properties, let farms and forestry, green energy, retail, wholesale and skincare.
Lord Newborough, Owner of Rhug Estate, said, “We feel that it is crucially important that we set out to create a clear road map for the future. Climate change is our biggest threat and we owe it to the next generation to do everything we can to mitigate its effects. At Rhug we really care about sustainability in everything we do, organic farming, organic skin care, green energy and caring for the environment. We are investing in measuring and monitoring our carbon footprint so that we can improve what we do.”
A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air as a result of the activities of a particular organisation, service or product. At Rhug Estate the aim is to measure the carbon footprint by considering all greenhouse gas emissions.
Net zero or carbon neutral is when you achieve a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. This means that whilst there will still be some emissions, they will be offset somewhere else through natural carbon sinks, such as trees and soils. Net zero will be achieved once the emissions produced by the activities of Rhug Estate are cancelled out by the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere.
Mared Williams lives locally with her family on a small holding in Llanddoged. She graduated last year with a distinction in FdSc Agri-Business from Harper Adams University last year. She completed a 12-month placement at Rhug Estate during her sandwich course at Harper Adams. She has since been accepted to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Rural Property Management at Harper Adams. Her part time postgraduate course has enabled Mared to keep working within the industry whilst continuing with her studies.