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ENERGY EFFICIENCY/ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Where to find help – at the end of each section we have indicated where you can get extra guidance if you need it.

Cropping Categories Fresh Produce

Category 0
Those you can eat raw and have a significant risk or history of pathogen contamination.

Category 1
Those you can eat raw and which do not have a protective skin that is removed before eating; they may also have a significant risk or history of pathogen contamination.

Category 2
Those you can eat raw and which either have protective skin or grow clear of the ground, or that have no history of pathogen contamination.

Category 3
Those that the customer always cooks.

An up-to-date list of the crop categories can be found on the Red Tractor website.

Aim:

ENERGY EFFICIENCY/ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

PR.EE.1

Standards

A written energy policy is in place detailing how energy is used and plans are in place to ensure optimal energy consumption.

How you will be measured

PR.EE.1.a

Renewable energy options are considered where viable.

PR.EE.1.b

Farming equipment is selected and maintained for optimal energy consumption.

Energy Policy

PR.EE.2

Standards

It is recommended that energy use on farm is monitored.

How you will be measured

PR.EE.2.a

Electricity and fossil fuel usage is monitored and documented.

Energy use records

PR.EE.3

Standards

A plan for the management of wildlife and conservation of the environment for the farm must be in place and activities implemented on farm.

How you will be measured

PR.EE.3.a

Plan includes activities that:- minimise environmental impact- avoid damage and deterioration to habitats

Wildlife Management and Environment Conservation Plan

PR.EE.4

Standards

Producers must be aware of any practices that have an adverse environmental impact.

How you will be measured

PR.EE.4.a

Important features of biodiversity and conservation value are identified on and around the farm.

PR.EE.4.b

Practices are adopted to minimise detrimental impact on such features.

PR.EE.4.c

Consideration has been given to how the environment can be managed for the benefit of the local community, flora and fauna.

PR.EE.5

Standards

It is recommended that consideration is given to the conversion of unproductive sites to conservation areas for the encouragement of natural flora, fauna and increase of biodiversity.

How you will be measured

PR.EE.5.a

Consideration has been given to low lying wet areas, woodlands, headland strip and areas of impoverished soil.

PR.EE.6

Standards

It is recommended that a baseline audit to understand existing animal and plant diversity on-farm is undertaken.

Baseline audit