On the occasion of SIMA Digital Press Day on January 28, MyEasyFarm, the AgTech startup which offers its cloud platform of aggregation and data exchange with agricultural equipment, for farmers, contractors and agricultural organizations, announces MyEasyCarbon, the first application for the calculation and simulation of Carbon Balances for farms, as part of future french Low Carbon Label projects.
Context Paris Agreements, signed five years ago, have put in place a sustainable and ambitious international framework for cooperation on climate change to limit warming and achieve a global balance between greenhouse gas emissions and absorptions. France’s goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions under Paris Agreements is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The agricultural sector currently contributes 17% of these total emissions, in the form of direct or indirect emissions. According to various consistent sources (ADEME, Climagri), 2/3 of the carbon footprint of the food is linked to the production of crops.
The main ways for reducing these emissions have been studied and identified, notably by INRAE (various studies, including the 4 per 1000 study) : – reduce the intake of nitrogen mineral fertilizers, – store carbon in soil and biomass, – changing the ration of animals – use effluent to produce energy and reduce fossil fuel consumption. France, through the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, has launched in 2019 the Label Bas Carbone (LBC), which aims to certify projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The stakes in agriculture are high (source Ministère of Agriculture and Food) and could – contribute to significantly reducing/compensating emissions (compensation of 41% of agricultural emissions if intermediate crops, intra-parcel agroforestry and temporary grasslands are implemented, according to INRAE) – provide a source of income for farmers (carbon credits, CAP reform).
In agriculture, several Low Carbon Label methods have already been approved:
– A first agricultural method “Carbon Agri” was developed by the Livestock Institute (IDELE). It targets reductions in emissions to cattle and large crops.
– A second agricultural method “Hedges” was developed by the Chamber of Agriculture of the Loire countries. It targets sustainable hedge management.
– A third agricultural method “Planting orchards” was developed by the Almond Company
At the end of 2019, the french Crop associations (AGPM, AGPB, FOP, CGB) entrusted their national technical institutes (ARVALIS, Terres Inovia, ITB, ARTB) with the task of developing a Label Bas Carbone Crops method. It was filed with the Department of Ecological Transition in December 2020 for validation in early 2021.
MyEasyCarbon, the first application to comply with the french Low Carbon Crops Label MyEasyFarm has been following the consortium’s work on the LBC GC method since 2019 and is a member of the Users Committee. In particular, the Crops method defines that the scale of calculation is the Culture System (Climate Context x Scale Culture x Cultural Conduct) and that data collection is done at the level of each plot of the farm.
It is therefore necessary that farms belonging to an LBC GC project be able to justify the change in their farming practices (e.g. the establishment of intermediate crops, reduction of mineral amendments, acid soils, reduction of fuel consumption for machinery) over the duration of the project (minimum 5 years), hence the interest of having an MRV (Monitoring Reporting Verification) tool.
It should be remembered that Precision Agriculture’s MyEasyFarm platform allows agricultural data to be aggregated from multiple sources (Satellite, Weather, Soil, OAD, machines) and thus allows farmers to document their farming practices, thanks to the mobile driver application of automatic traceability of interventions, but also to the upturn of application data recorded by agricultural equipment.
This data combined with Sentinel satellite data (for monitoring crops and the amount of biomass generated) allows for accurate and unre captured monitoring of crops and interventions on each plot of a large-scale crop farm. MyEasyFarm has therefore developed from its Precision Agriculture platform, MyEasyCarbon, the first MRV (Monitoring Reporting Verification) tool in accordance with the Label Bas Carbone Grandes Cultures. MyEasyCarbon is aimed at both Label Bas Carbone project owners and farmers. MyEasyCarbon allows – establishes the current carbon footprint of the operation for the baseline scenario and simulates the potential gains of a change in cultural practices, – to document over water and without entering the interventions in each plot during the duration of the Label Bas Carbone project, thanks to Satellite Sentinel data and the automatic lift by agricultural equipment or drivers’ mobiles, – to calculate the effective annual balance sheet of Carbon Credits generated on the farm – to share information between the farmer and the LBC project holder through the platform’s collaborative functions.