An environmental consulting firm near York is a candidate for a global climate change award.
Future Food Solutions, near Holme on Spalding Moor, has been nominated for a Climate Challenge Cup award for its carbon bank for a sustainable future.
The company enables UK farmers to sequester measurable amounts of carbon in the soil through a range of techniques, including growing cover crops between food crop rotations.
This improves soil health and soil organic matter, reversing soil degradation and restoring soil health, and provides farmers with income through the sale of carbon credits.
The Climate Challenge Cup will be judged on November 10 in the green zone of COP26 and broadcast live to a global audience.
A carbon credit is equivalent to one metric ton of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. The program relies on rigorous testing to ensure that every tonne of soil carbon can be detected, verified and certified before being converted.
The carbon bank was born out of a partnership between Future Food Solutions and BCarbon Inc, an American nonprofit organization at Rice University, Texas.
Through the exclusive deal, Future Food Solutions works with UK farmers to sequester carbon, which is then verified and certified by BCarbon to be sold as carbon credits.
The initiative aims to remove 10,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the first year, increasing as the program is open to UK farmers from 2022.
Steve Cann, Director of Future Food Solutions, said: “This appointment recognizes the years of hard work we have put into helping farmers grow more sustainably.
“It also recognizes that agriculture can play a leading role in mitigating climate change globally. Agriculture doesn’t have to be part of the problem; it may be part of the solution.
“As we move to a post-basic payment system world and future support payments will be based more on environmental management, this is a win-win solution for farmers and the planet. ”
In addition to sequestering carbon, growing cover crops produces a range of other environmental benefits, including improved biodiversity, especially pollinators.