Farmers will be on average €3,800 better off each year if Ireland becomes one of the 'greenest' countries in the world
Published 09/11/2015 | 17:19
Farmers will be on average €3,800 better off each year if Ireland achieves its aim of becoming one of the 'greenest' countries in the world.
'Origin Green' is the first programme of its kind for our food and drink sector.
Launched by Bord Bia in 2012, over 55,000 farmers have signed up to the programme, accounting for 90pc of Ireland's beef production.
As part of the initiative, farmers must agree to be audited and 'carbon footprinted' once every 18 months.
Since its launch, almost 90,000 carbon assessments have been carried out across the country.
But despite the huge strides that have been made, our beef industry is ranked only fifth in Europe in the 'carbon footprint' league table.
This compares with our national dairy herd, which enjoys the joint-lowest footprint in the EU.
However, Bord Bia report says that if we can reduce carbon emissions by 10pc our farmers would become the most carbon efficient in Europe.