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Agricultural sustainability

Helping to build sustainable farms through agri-tech

We’ve put aside £250 million to help farmers make their businesses more environmentally-sustainable and energy-efficient.

How we’re helping the farming sector move into the future

By working to reduce its carbon footprint and investing in energy-efficient technology and infrastructure, the UK agricultural sector is undergoing a huge shift towards sustainability.

We’re proud to have supported the agricultural sector since 1744, and to have helped farmers and their businesses navigate the changes and challenges they’ve faced over the years.

That’s why we’ve reserved £250 million to lend to the farming sector1 – to improve productivity, and help achieve greater sustainability and energy-efficiency.

How to move your farming business forward

For many farmers, investing in new projects that drive sustainability and efficiency can feel daunting. That’s why we’re training all of our 130 agriculture managers across the UK in sustainability and future agricultural policy, so that you can make plans for streamlining your business with confidence.

For help with making your farming business more sustainable, you’ll need to show that your farming project will increase the efficiency and sustainability of your business through the use of technology, information or improved infrastructure. This could include projects that involve

  • Carbon sequestration – ranging from carbon capture and storage to diversifying or changing land use on your farm to aid carbon capture
  • Carbon assessment/emission reduction – understanding your carbon footprint is integral to driving lower energy usage and higher business efficiency – this can be achieved through investment in low-emission vehicles, generating your own power from biomass, combined heat and power (CHP), ground source heat pumps (GSHP) or investing in new, energy-efficient buildings
  • Soil health – projects that focus on soil can increase soil organic matter, reduce water or wind erosion, enhance fertility and support carbon sequestration
  • Natural capital – recognising the natural resources around the landscape of your farming business, while looking to harness other resources like solar, wind and water to help become more carbon neutral through producing your own energy

Want to know more?

Speak to one of our local agriculture managers.

New to us? Call us on 0800 515 462. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm2.

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