24th June 2021 | Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Press Releases

Climate-Neutral Farm Initiative Welcomed by Senator Pippa Hackett

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A €2 million project to make 5,000 dairy farms climate-neutral has been welcomed by Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister for Land Use and Biodiversity. The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Future Innovator Prize has been awarded to a project that will help a dairy farm achieve net-zero emissions by 2027.

“This is a very exciting development for our agriculture sector,” said Senator Hackett. “There is a willingness among Irish farmers to farm in a more sustainable way, but they need new methods to enable them to continue producing food.

“The Shinagh Farm near Bandon, Co. Cork – owned by the farmers of four West Cork Co-ops– is the pilot farm for the project and it will be interesting to see the results.”

The project is called Farm Zero C and the project leads, Professor Kevin O’Connor and his Farm Zero C team at University College Dublin (UCD), have been awarded €2 million to help deliver the climate-neutral farm, in partnership with dairy producer Carbery Group.

There are plans to extend the strategy to a further 5,000 farms within five years.