Net Zero: NFU Farm Status Indicator

In its report, Achieving Net Zero: Farming’s 2040 Goal, the NFU set the ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040. This is farming's contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050.

This is a national aspiration, not an expectation that every farm can reach net zero. The NFU recognises that every farm will start the journey to net zero from a different place and will need a unique action plan. The first step is to assess the likely emissions sources on farm as well as considering on farm carbon sequestration. Using a carbon calculator is one way to achieve this.

The NFU's Net Zero: Farm Status Indicator has been designed to provide an introduction to carbon footprinting. It focuses on three pillars of activity that the NFU has identified as being key to helping farmers and growers tackle the issue at farm level:

  1. Boosting productivity and reducing emissions
  2. Farmland carbon storage
  3. Coupling bioenergy to carbon capture, utilisation and storage

This tool is not a comprehensive carbon calculator, rather it aims to provide a quick and easy guide to the practical measures you can put in place on your farm to reduce your agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

Log in and try out the NFU Farm Status Indicator today to see where you are on the journey to reducing your emissions. On completion you'll also find a number of resources that will help you on farm, net zero guidance and a review of three carbon calculators most applicable to you. 

NFU Farm Status Indicator

Select five elements that you are working to implement on your farm from the three pillars below, choosing at least one topic from each pillar. If there are more or less than five, choose the five which are most relevant to you and your business.

Click start when you are ready to begin.

Once you have made all your selections, you'll be scored between 0 and 5, with 5 being the closest to achieving net zero. You will also be given relevant resources to help you improve your score.

1. Boosting productivity and reducing emissions






2. Farmland carbon storage




3. Coupling bioenergy to carbon capture, utilisation and storage



You must choose at least 1 question per pillar

You must choose 5 questions in total.

Have you increased productivity using any of these methods? Tick all that apply

Have you used legumes and/or precision farming methods for crops (including grass) to deliver nutrients more efficiently and/or reduce emissions? Tick all that apply

Have you taken steps to avoid compaction and loosen compacted soils in cropland and pasture using any of the below methods?

Have you engaged in any of the below energy efficiency measures on your farm to reduce fuel and/or electricity use?

Do have an integrated pest management (IPM) plan in place to minimise the use of pesticides?

Have you tried to maintain or increase organic matter in your soils? Tick all that apply

Have you changed your grassland management in last 5 years using any of these methods? Tick all that apply

Have you taken any of these other steps to maintain or increase farmland carbon storage in the last 5 years?

Proportion of farm energy needs met by onsite renewables

Do you produce and use or supply biomass/ bio-material to other users? Examples include: hemp, wool, AD for biogas plant, grain for biofuels, straw for heat and power plant, litter combustion


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