DEFRA's data cull risks compromising environmental goals

Proposals to trim agricultural and local pollution data could undermine UK climate ambitions and erode environmental enforcement

DEFRA’s plan to stop publishing information on local pollution control and agricultural practices has been criticised as inconsistent with its wider drive for open data.

The department consulted on proposals to prune its environmental data reporting in February and March.

In its response to the consultation, the government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warns that the proposed changes to data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture could undermine the UK’s climate ambitions.

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