ADAS launches tool to help growers monitor and reduce energy consumption

Environmental consultancy ADAS is offering an online tool to help growers assess and reduce energy consumption and cut their carbon emissions.

The Farm Management Resource tool is based on data from 900 farms. The service is available to ADAS A+ subscribers to help growers work out whether or not they are needlessly wasting electricity in their day-to-day operations.

ADAS head of farming and rural advice Brian Angell said rising fuel prices were a grave concern for farmers and growers but can be mitigated with low-cost measures such as reviewing energy providers, regular machinery maintenance, reviewing day-to-day operations and ensuring all staff are aware of the importance of reducing energy.

"The resource efficiency assessments we've carried out suggest most farms could reduce electricity and fuel use by at least 10 per cent and up to 60 per cent, which equate to very significant financial saving in an industry with tight margins," he added.

"This tool is designed to help farmers monitor electricity consumption and then reduce it. All the signs are that electricity prices are going to rise significantly - perhaps by a quarter on current trends over the next decade - and that's a major threat to profitability."

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