Farming industry lays out plans to reach net-zero
From the Press Association:
Bigger hedgerows, precision delivery of fertilisers and improving the health of cattle and sheep are among plans farmers have for slashing greenhouse gases.
The National Farmers’ Union has ambitions for the sector to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, a decade ahead of the UK economy as a whole, and has published a report on how it thinks it can be done.
It aims to meet the target by reducing emissions from farming practices, increasing the ability of land to store more carbon, and by focusing on renewable energy and products that remove carbon from the atmosphere.
British farms are responsible for around a 10th of UK greenhouse gas emissions, but only 10% of its output is carbon dioxide, while 40% is nitrous oxide from things such as fertilisers, and 50% is methane from cows and sheep.
Agricultural emissions have fallen by 16% overall since 1990, but there has been only “modest progress” since 2011, the NFU report says.