A new carbon management web app is being rolled out in a bid to encourage the industry to work collaboratively to slash farming carbon emissions.

Members of the Cool Farm Institute (CFI), including PepsiCo, Unilever, Heineken, Marks & Spencer and Tesco, have spearheaded the development of an online calculator that helps farmers assess their carbon emmissions and improve their environmental performance.

The Cool Farm online tool, first tested last May among some of Tesco’s suppliers, is now being launched on an industry-wide basis to encourage more companies to work with their suppliers to measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprints.

CFI is hoping to launch further apps that can measure other key environmental metrics such as water and energy.

“CFI is now looking forward to seeing many more farm assessments being done all over the world on a range of crop and livestock systems,” said CFI executive committee member Richard Heathcote.

Consultants Best Foot Forward developed the software using an original Excel spreadsheet version of the tool.