The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) was originally developed as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet by Unilever and researchers at the University of Aberdeen and the Sustainable Food Lab to help growers measure and understand on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.
Following two CFT roundtable meetings (in 2011 and 2012) involving over 40 delegates, it was agreed that the CFT needed a home and that a not-for-profit entity should be established: the Cool Farm Alliance. This online version of the tool was designed and developed in 2013 by the Anthesis Group with the support of the original authors.
The tool is designed to be simple to use, but scientifically robust in the complex arena of carbon accounting. The CFT has been tested and adopted by a range of multinational companies who are using it to work with their suppliers to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the effort to mitigate global climate change.
“Cool Farm Tool” is a trademark of the Cool Farm Alliance.