The project will be implemented from september 2010 and december 2013.
1. Computer tool: ACCT.
Development of a software tool to assess energy consumption as well as GHG emissions in farms. This common comprehensive tool is intended to be applicable throughout the whole of the European Union, as it will take into account the diversity of agricultural systems in the different Member States.
2. Action Plans in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Design and implementation of specific Action Plans for farms located in the four countries that participate in the project. Based on the information provided by our common software tool, all project members will determine the necessary actions required to reduce GHG emissions and energy consumption in farms, and will propose farming practices that contribute to achieving these reductions.
3. Comprehensive proposals.
Comprehensive proposals for action will be developed to serve as a basis for developing new agri-environmental measures and contribute to other European or national programmes. These will be aimed at increasing the sustainability of farms and their contribution to climate change mitigation.
The instruments of the European agri.environmental policies have been so far focused on water and biodiversity, thus it is especially relevant to make proposals that also contemplate direct measures against climate change.
4. Capacity building.
Training sessions and events to awareness of stakeholders of the agriculture sector in relation to climate change will be organised throughout the project. For example: Manual on Energy Saving in the Agriculture Sector, DVD, touring-exhibition on agriculture and climate change, European conference on Agriculture, Energy Consumption and Climate Change.