My idea is to use OS mapping technology and straight forward soil sampling techniques to create a carbon map of the United Kingdom’s agricultural soils. I will then use this data as the basis for a carbon offset trading scheme that will create new revenues for farmers, encourage the growth of composting and enable companies across the UK to offset their carbon emissions.
The potential is enormous as a 1% rise in soil sequestered carbon across the whole of agriculture would realise a saving of 71.8 million equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide and the resultant increase in soil organic matter could increase the soils water holding capacity by nearly 170,000 litres per hectare. Overall the economic and environmental benefits are huge and would impact across the whole country and enable the UK to meet its emission reduction targets as set out under Kyoto.
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