Jack Rickard to Analyse Caplor’s Carbon Footprint

Caplor Farm is very excited to have a new addition to the team. Graduate Jack Rickard will be spending 7 weeks on a placement with us to analyse the farm’s carbon footprint.

The aim of Jack’s placement is to estimate the carbon footprint of Caplor Farm and to make practical recommendations for cost-effective measures to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint. The placement is being co-ordinated and funded by Keele University’s placement initiative Project Green.

Jack has a degree in Geography from the University of Birmingham, and will begin a Masters in Carbon Management in September. He lives near Newent, in Gloucestershire, and has a strong interest in sustainability.

Caplor Farm has already taken measures to reduce its carbon footprint. Last year its environmental achievements were recognised when it won the May Day Summit Carbon Award for cutting its carbon footprint. The farm has recently installed a 9kW solar PV system, and its 15 kW wind turbine has been shortlisted for the 2010 NEMEX Renewables Innovation Award.

The farm is keen to provide employment and work experience opportunities to young people, and Jack will be the fourth graduate to have been recruited in the last 8 months alone.

We are looking forward to seeing the findings of Jack’s research. Watch this space for updates!

Jack’s thoughts: ‘By engaging in the ‘project green’ partnership with the University of Keele, Caplor Farm has simultaneously provided me with a placement in my area of interest and grabbed an opportunity to further improve its already high standards of environmental stewardship.  Over the course of 8 weeks I will conduct an assessment of the Farm’s Carbon Footprint and set-up continuous annual emissions monitoring, which will inform a review of the most appropriate reduction measures to implement. We will then hopefully tour a number of local schools, using our own practical example, to demonstrate that businesses can take practical steps to tackling climate change.  The mutual benefits this project offers The Farm, myself as an employee, and the local community, embodies Caplor Farm’s ethos in every line of work it undertakes.’

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If you are a graduate looking to gain experience via a placement, we would love to hear from you. Please send a CV and covering letter to felicity@caplor.co.uk.