Carbon Management Centre

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The SAC Carbon Management Centre supports research, learning and consultancy activities that contribute to a reduction of carbon emissions from agriculture and food production. Activities within the centre are designed to provide innovative new solutions and advice on improving efficiency and reducing emissions from farming systems and contributes to delivering Scotland’s Net Zero emissions targets.

Work within the Centre builds upon a well established record of activities undertaken by SRUC that promote Low Carbon Farming.  These include:

  • Innovative and internationally-important research in crop and livestock systems
  • Provision of advice to government and policy makers on options for lowering greenhouse gas emissions from farming systems
  • Development of a carbon calculator (AgreCalc), tailored for use in Scottish environments and backed by a comprehensive package of advisory activity
  • College courses at a range of levels that explain the links between farming and climate change, and prepare students to face important future challenges
  • Engagement with the farming community in the development of a network of climate change focus farms that form an important part of SAC’s Farming for a Better Climate initiative


Research undertaken by SRUC staff has shown that farming can make an important contribution to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, whilst at the same time maintaining quality and productivity within the sector. This will only be achieved by continuous change and modernisation that will lead ultimately to improved efficiency and improving environmental quality.




  • General Environmental Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Soil Science
  • Global and Planetary Change


  • climate change
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • greenhouse gas mitigation
  • nitrous oxide
  • methane
  • carbon dioxide
  • carbon sequestration

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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