UK Farm Soil Carbon Code Stakeholder Workshop

On November 16 the Farm Soil Carbon Code (UKFSCC) Consortium hosted the second in its series of workshops giving stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about the progress on the Code’s creation, to discuss some of the scientific and practical issues at stake and give feedback on the Code programme as currently outlined.

You can watch or re-watch the workshop here:


00:00:00 Introduction, overview, recent developments, Matthew Orman, SSA Director, Chair

00:03:25 Route-map to a UK Farm Soil Carbon Code

  • Robert Parkhurst, Sierra View Solutions
  • Prof. Mark Reed, Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship, Scotland’s Rural College
  • Prof. Nicola Cannon, Associate Professor of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural University

00:12:52 Components of a Fam Soil Carbon Code – learnings from international standards

  • Robert Parkhurst, Sierra View Solutions
  • Dr. Helaina Black, Honorary Associate at the James Hutton Institute

00:39:00 Discussion

01:04:03 Which regenerative farming practices store most carbon? A review of the evidence

  • Prof. Guy Ziv Chair in Socio-Environmental Systems, University of Leeds
  • Prof. Pippa Chapman, Chair in Biogeochemistry, University of Leeds

01:22:16 Discussion

Throughout the workshop, participants were asked to share their own thoughts about the farm soil carbon market, the economic and environmental outcomes they would like to see from it and characteristics of the Code required to achieve them. The results of the survey can be found here:

Following the workshop the timeframe for publication of the research discussed is as follows:

January 2022: Launch of survey/analysis of existing UK farm soil carbon code owners and intermediaries/brokers. 

January 2022: Publication of the International Soil Carbon Code Summary Review (spreadsheet). 

January 2022: Systematic comparative analysis of international soil carbon codes: Initial insights for a UK Farm Soil Carbon Code (Report). 

February 2022 (proposed): Framework document: Lessons from the Review process, principles to be included in the code and drafting next steps. 

Spring 2022: UKFSCC Stakeholder Workshop 3: The alignment of the Code with government policy-making.  

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