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Press Releases & Media

The Cool Farm Tool has been attracting a lot of media attention since its inception, in a variety of publications. These press releases and articles show the increasing interest in sustainable farming, and are encouraging for the future of the CFT.

The recent launch of the Cool Farm Tool online has been widely covered by the press, and has included:


The Cool Farm Tool – a better way of engaging with farmers

Guardian, 15 May 2014

The Cool Farm Tool was nominated for a Guardian Sustainable Business Award this year. A case study for the nomiation can be read here.

Global food businesses support climate smart agriculture through new web app

by CFA Press Release, 22 January 2014

Global agri-food businesses are using the launch of a new carbon management web app to highlight the need for greater collaboration on agricultural sustainability.

Online tool to put the cool into cutting CO2, in The Grocer

by Ian Quinn, 04 May 2013

Farmers supplying Tesco have become the first in the world to use a new online tool to help producers slash their carbon emissions.

Cool Farm Alliance brings together big business for action, in The Guardian

14 December 2012

Sustainable agriculture group aims to empower farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and a new online tool will build on existing work and pilots.

Cool Farm Alliance plans a free online carbon calculator for farmers, in Before its news

5 November 2012

The Cool Farm Alliance has selected Best Foot Forward and CLM as software partners to build the current Cool Farm Tool (CFT), which helps farmers and growers take actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from their activities, into a free online carbon calculator for farmers and suppliers.

Cool Farm Alliance plans a free online carbon calculator for farmers, in Green IT review

5 November 2012

The Cool Farm Alliance has selected Best Foot Forward and CLM as software partners to build the current Cool Farm Tool (CFT), which helps farmers and growers take actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from their activities, into a free online carbon calculator for farmers and suppliers.

UK - Industry-backed Cool Farm Tool to go online, in Meet Trade News

2 November 2012

The Cool Farm Alliance has selected Best Foot Forward and CLM as software partners to build the Cool Farm Tool into a free online carbon calculator for farmers and suppliers.

Sustainable Food Lab and SAI Platform launch global climate project to help farmers grow greener, in Greenopolis

The Sustainable Food Lab, in conjunction with Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, today announce the start of a comprehensive global climate project to evaluate the greenhouse gas footprint of specific farming systems and identify and implement the greenhouse gas reduction potential from practice alternatives.

Farming Carbon Calculator to Go Online, in Environmental Leader

2 November 2012

Unilever, PepsiCo, Marks & Spencer and other companies that make up the Cool Farm Alliance have selected Best Foot Forward and Centre for Agriculture and Environment as software partners to build a free online carbon calculator for farmers and suppliers.

Industry Backed Cool Farm Tool to go Online, in CFA press release

31 October 2012

Industry leaders move ahead with providing a free carbon calculator for agricultural suppliers: the online version of the Cool Farm Tool spread sheet calculator is expected in May 2013

Industry leaders come together to fund free carbon calculator for suppliers, in CFA press release

29 May 2012

Unilever, PepsiCo, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Yara and HEINEKEN have joined forces to fund development and encourage use of a free carbon calculator for growers. They are working together as founding members of The Cool Farm Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation that brings together agricultural growers with multinational food suppliers and retailers to promote agricultural practices that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Cool farm institute speak out on agricultural development, in Blue and Green Tomorrow

by Emily Norton, 21 May 2012

The occasional energy saving light bulb does, to some extent, deduct a fraction from your carbon toe print, but one of the biggest impacts on the Earth is left by agriculture. And with global consumption rising at a rate of knots, too, what are we going to do about it?

New software tool rates M&S Cotton, in Ecotextile

18 May 2012

LONDON – As part of a new project to re-inforce its long-term environmental objectives on clothing and textiles, Marks and Spencer is now using a new PC-based tool to help it to measure the overall environmental impact of the cotton that it sources from India.

Free farm carbon footprint tool, in Farmers Weekly

by Suzie Horne, 10 May 2012

Farmers have access to a new free tool to help them calculate their carbon footprint in minutes.

Cool Farm Alliance to improve farming and retail carbon footprint, in PotatoPro

9 May 2012

A new institute to help farmers produce more efficiently and an updated software ‘tool’ that enables farming and food industries to calculate their carbon footprint are launched this week.

New venture to improve farming and retail carbon footprint, in Press Zoom

6 May 2012

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) was created by the University of Aberdeen in partnership with Unilever and the Sustainable Food Lab to guide farmers over their greenhouse gas emissions and to provide tips on how they might lessen their environmental impacts.

Helping farmers produce more efficiently, in Farmers Guardian

by David Boderke, 4 May 2012

A new virtual institute to help farmers produce more efficiently and an updated software ‘tool’, which helps farming and food industries to calculate their carbon footprint, are being launched this week.

New venture to improve farming and retail carbon footprint, in Aberdeen University

2 May 2012

A new institute to help farmers produce more efficiently and an updated software ‘tool’ that enables farming and food industries to calculate their carbon footprint are launched this week.

Unilever shares Cool Farm Emissions Tool, in The Grocer

by Ian Quinn, March 2012

The importance of and call for collaboration on an issue that cannot be solved in silo.

British Potato 2011: carbon tool shows potential, in Farmers Weekly

by Mike Abram, November 2011

Dr Jon Hillier explains to potato growers exactly how to use the CFT and find out where the main greenhouse gas impacts are on their farm – with a view to how they can reduce their emissions.

The chicken, the egg and the future: Seeking sustainable supplies for a growing planet, in Costco Connection

by Tim Talevich, cover story, August 2011

Cover story in the August, 2011 edition of the Costco Connection (distribution 8 million). Costco's organic eggs suppliers use the CFT to assess their greenhouse gas emissions and optimize their business practices.

Growing Greener: New online tool tackles the tracking of agriculture's carbon footprint, in Spud Smart

by Lukie Pieterse, August 2011

The importance – for growers and consumers – of assessing the carbon footprint of agriculture, and how the CFT can aid in this process, both for large companies and for smaller scale farmers all over the world.

Cutting greenhouse gases from food: Cool Farm Tool, in The Examiner

by Rachel Greenberger, July 2011

An interview with Christina Ingersoll about her work and experience with the CFT.

Food sustainability: crunch time for farms when problems crop up, in Financial Times

by Virginia Marsh, June 2011