AgroEcology_Italy

Sector

Agriculture

Type

Reduction

Type

Sequestration

Developer

Alberami SRL by Cleama

Address: Via Corte dei Mesagnesi, 30, Lecce, 73100, Italy

About
The project enjoys strong support from both the academic and farming communities and has established a network of local ‘hubs’ (generally comprised of technical agronomists) in most Italian regions, which will serve as promoters of the project and provide local support to farmers during the onboarding and starting phases. The collaboration with the department of agronomy of the local University of Bari, Italy, has strengthened its technological reach through the use of remote sensing technology, which is utilized for mapping and verification purposes, and later SOC measurement and other MRV activities. To date, AgroEcology_Italy has received interest from roughly 2’500 farmers from all regions of Italy, with an actually registered farming surface of roughly 3’000 hectares, mostly comprised of traditional olive groves.

Contact
Francesco Musardo, CEO
f.musardo@alberami.it
+39 351 821 4474
www.alberami.it

Background

Agriculture has a positive and important role to play in the fight against climate change: trees, crops, and hedgerows found on farmland sequester carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, while properly-managed soils provide carbon storage. Agriculture is, therefore, considered an important sector in decreasing carbon emissions.
Several Pan-European policies that put agriculture at the center of the fight against climate change have been proposed over the last decade, with new ones about to be introduced with the CAP 23/27. However, as with every EU or individual country’s policy and program, there are scope limitations and/or doubts about the amounts and longevity of the economic subsidies to farmers and the impact of the policies themselves on the environment.

Project

The AgroEcology_Italy Project by Alberami, which started in 2021, has its operational base in the Italian city of Lecce, in the southern region of Puglia. The project aims to strengthen the potential of the agricultural sector in Italy as a testing ground and later in the whole of the Mediterranean Basin and beyond. The scope covers the olive growing sector now, where expansion to fruits, almonds, walnuts, citrus orchards, and vineyards is underway.

AgroEcology_Italy’s main objective is to decrease carbon emissions in the atmosphere through better management of soils and crop residues and to create additional income for farmers by facilitating the creation and sale of carbon credits onto the voluntary carbon markets. The project supports farmers with the adoption of sustainable and regenerative farming practices and serves as a meeting point between agricultural, industrial, and services companies. This brings sustainable farming’s excess CO2-sequestration capacity onto the international voluntary carbon market, thus creating improvements both from an economic and an environmental point of view. It does so by promoting its own farming protocol, which comprises a series of technical guidelines and specific project management activities intended to regenerate carbon in soils and to increase, where possible, the biomass of the agriculture ecosystems as a way to recover key ecological systems.

Use of herbaceous cover crops and nitrogen-fixing species (generally kept during the winter months), reduction of soil tillage, and the use of foraging animals in the context of traditional olive groves as a way to increase soil carbon, provide organic nutrition and water-holding capacity leading to the restoration of natural cycles.

Summary

Project operation start
2022
First vintage
2021

First project mitigation estimation
Year 1: 25,000 tCO2-e
Year 2-3: 50 – 75,000 tCO2-e
Year 4-10: Annual increase of 100,000 tCO2-e

Consultation

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Get in touch

Alberami is available for collaborations. If you want to chat about the project, don’t hesitate in reaching out.