AgroImpact seeks to cut carbon footprint in agriculture

29 January 2024 12:57

Greater Geneva Bern

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Lausanne - The canton of Vaud, Prométerre, the WWF and Nestlé have jointly announced the establishment of the AgroImpact association in Lausanne. Its mission is to support efforts aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of Swiss agriculture.

Supported by the authorities in the canton of Vaud, farmers, industrial firms and environmentalists are all joining forces to reduce the carbon footprint of the Swiss agricultural sector. To this end, the AgroImpact association has now been founded in Lausanne. The inter-cantonal association, founded at the initiative of the Lausanne-based agricultural organization Prométerre, brings together players from the worlds of agriculture, research, teaching, trade, industry and non-governmental organizations in order to finance efficient and transparent measures to cut the carbon footprint of agricultural enterprises in Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland, further details of which can be found in a press release.

Aude Jarabo, doctor of natural sciences, heads up AgroImpact, with Claude Baehler, president of Prométerre, appointed as president of the association.

AgroImpact benefits from financial support of 1,050,000 Swiss francs from the Canton of Vaud, while a sum of 900,000 Swiss francs comes from the sustainability-focused Fonds de soutien à l'économie durable (FSED; sustainable economy support fund). In addition, financing of 150,000 Swiss francs has been made available by the Directorate-General for Agriculture, Viticulture and Veterinary Affairs (DGAV). Moreover, under the agricultural part of the Vaud Climate Plan and the AgroImpact project, the DGAV will support vineyards that calculate the carbon footprint of their operations. This subsidy will amount to 1,250,000 Swiss francs over a period of five years.

The fact that Nestlé and the WWF are among the founding members of the association is testament to the interest that this project is generating among international partners. In addition to the founding members, the association plans to bring on board future partners who will make it possible to support climate change initiatives at a national level. ce/gba

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