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Carbon audits – your guide to efficiency and performance

25 June 2019

Apply for a carbon audit to improve the technical performance and efficiency of your farming business  

In addition to being more environmentally sustainable, farms with a low carbon footprint are often more efficient and profitable than similar enterprises. 

Through the Farm Advisory Service (FAS), farming business owners can apply for up to £500 worth of funding to commission an experienced agricultural consultant to carry out a full carbon audit of their business. (VAT is covered by the participating business)  

The audit will establish your carbon footprint, identify the sources of emissions on your farm or croft, and show you how your performance compares with others – highlighting areas where you can improve operational efficiency. 


  • Enhance competitive advantage through efficiency improvements  
  • Benchmark performance against competitors 
  • Identify potential cost savings 
  • Appeal to sustainably-conscious buyers 

92% of FAS applicants rated the quality of the carbon audit report they received as excellent or good. 

Carbon audits are open to all farming and crofting businesses, provided that they are registered in Scotland with IACS.  

*It is recommended that carbon audits are repeated annually to monitor performance and identify the impact of changes you make. Businesses are therefore eligible to receive one free carbon audit per year. 

To apply for a carbon audit or for more information, please visit Alternatively, call 0300 323 0161 or email 

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