The fourth edition of technical beekeeping meetings organized by ADA AURA on February 17 and 18, 2020 in Marcoux (42) brought together more than 80 professional beekeepers who came to take stock of the environmental footprint of beekeeping holdings.
For the second consecutive year, honey production was particularly impacted in terms of production, in particular due to climatic hazards which modify the honey resources and favor the appearance of new pests. The expectations of professionals are therefore important, both in terms of adaptation and mitigation.
Solagro first took stock of the place of agriculture within the various sources of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), but also of energy consumption in the agricultural sector. Then, the principles of energy-climate assessment approaches at farm scale were presented and then illustrated by the results of a beekeeping farm in order to identify the main consumers or sources of GHG. Finally, a beekeeper explained his recent experience of implementing actions to reduce GHG emissions on his farm, reducing its climate impact by almost 50%: electric vehicle for short trips, shared honey house with 3 farms built with biomaterials or the implementation of a deposit on glass containers for consumers.