How will UK agriculture respond to the new climate change report?

  • How will UK agriculture respond to the new climate change report?

How will UK agriculture respond to the new climate change report?

Instead, it advocated a 20%-50% reduction in demand for red meat by 2050, suggesting chicken, pork, lab-grown meats and alternative plant-based proteins as replacements requiring less land.

Climate change impacts are already altering the land's use, while the services provided by the natural environment are being degraded.

The contribution of bioenergy to the UK's energy mix could double by 2050, according to a new report by the government's climate change watchdog. We must also improve the resilience of the land to climate change. "It's low carbon and sustainable as long as we ensure that the sustainable criteria are met".

The findings come after a similar study by WWF, which concluded that the agricultural sector can provide up to 30% of the solutions needed by 2030 to tackle the global climate crisis.

It adds the supply of sustainable biomass harvested from United Kingdom sources should also increase.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the CCC website. If supply of biomass is more strictly governed, its use can be sustainable and it can play an essential role in reducing emissions, locking away carbon in plants and soils.

The report, which follows recent worldwide reports stressing the importance of making rapid reductions in global carbon emissions, outlines that all of the city's sectors will need to greatly reduce their carbon emissions, if the target is to be met.

The report recommends that biomass should be used mainly in power plants, combined with CCS, and aircraft with biofuels phased out in cars and vans during the 2030s.

Dr Jonathan Marshall, head of analysis at the Energy and Climate Information Unit, commented: "With the United Kingdom in a good position to lead the charge on BECCS - in which biomass burning is linked with carbon capture, resulting in net-negative emissions - this potential should not be overlooked".

"It's absolutely central to the battle against climate change".

"Well-regulated biomass can provide benefits for forestry, agriculture and our energy system, backing up technologies like wind and solar", he said. In particular, increasing agricultural productivity to levels seen in France and the Netherlands would increase food output while also freeing up land for trees and energy crops.

"The potential for biofuels beyond the electricity sector is also set to grow as the United Kingdom heads towards a net-zero emissions economy. But it is also clear that this will not happen without leadership from Government, with Defra playing a central role in combining policies on food, nature and climate change".

New land use policy should promote transformational land uses and reward landowners for public goods that deliver climate mitigation and adaptation objectives.

The NFU has condemned a report by the independent advisory Committee on Climate Change, which recommends reducing animal agriculture in favour of rewilding.