Challenge The dairy industry is a key component of the social and economic fabric of Ireland and Europe. This sector faces the challenge of needing to reduce GHG emissions and ultimately to become carbon neutral. The development of a carbon-neutral farm must be in the context of promoting and growing biodiversity as this is critical to farm resilience.
Solution The Carbon-Neutral Resilient Dairy Farm will be a world first for agriculture. Our team will undertake an interdisciplinary programme of work targeting soil and grassland; animal diet and breeding; biodiversity; life cycle analysis and renewable energy as a direct response to the challenge area. This presents a holistic view of the farm to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the health and resilience of the farm.
UN SDG Alignment GOAL 13: Climate Action
Team Kevin O'Connor (UCD), Fionnuala Murphy (UCD), Enda Buckley (Carbery)