Inspirational ideas: Reducing the climate footprint of dairy sheep
Climate and climate change
To improve the climate footprint of dairy sheep farms in the Spanish Basque country and Navarra regions, an Operational Group is optimising their on-farm energy-efficiency by introducing more circularity, saving costs in the process.
Participating farms are producing their own energy through solar panels and by turning biomass from feed production into biofuel that is used to heat the cheese factory boilers.
Farmer Felix Ajuria: “Getting the right information helps a lot. We know how much energy we produce and consume. This allows us to manage our climate footprint, and adapt our energy consumption to periods of energy production. So far we have managed to reduce our energy use by 20%. This saves money but it also enhances the market value of our quality cheese, which is a Denomination of Origin Product."