DCE Partner, Devon County Council, is working on the AgroRes Project which is increasing renewable energy in the agriculture section. AgroRES raises awareness of the benefits of investing in renewable energy in agriculture and promotes conversations with stakeholders to overcome previous barriers.
The agricultural sector accounts for almost 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, mainly for food production and transport. While there is an enormous potential to produce renewable energy on farms due to the availability of wind, sun, biomass and agricultural waste, important barriers and challenges remain.
Recent studies have proven that the main barriers identified by farmers to produce renewable energy are:
- complex permit and subsidy procedures
- high investment costs
- limited access to credit and doubts about the profitability
Subsidies and feed-in tariffs are key factors in encouraging farmers to shift towards more sustainable production and use of energy. AgroRES will support this sector and farmers across Devon by solving its energy needs in a sustainable and socially responsible way.
There a lots of helpful webinars on sector topics available on their website, like ‘Capturing Carbon in Soil,’ which you can view here.
How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?
Action F5: Support development of on-farm bio-methane collection from agricultural wastes to supply bio-methane for farm machinery.
AgroRes are investing in renewable energies to encourage the use of renewables in agriculture and rural sector. This work is helping Devon farmers to be aware of the options available to them to reach net-zero.