Farm groups set out carbon reduction path

A coalition of English farming groups has outlined how it plans to fulfil a voluntary agreement to cut carbon emissions by 11% in 12 years. But recent emissions trends on the target could be hit by 2014.

English farming bodies have launched a ‘delivery plan’ towards their voluntary greenhouse gas reduction agreement with government.1

The initiative is a joint effort by 16 organisations, including the National Farmers Union and the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).

Agriculture emits about 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, which is 9% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions (ENDS Report 428, pp 38-42). Most emissions are of methane, released by cattle and sheep, and nitrous oxide from fertilised soil.

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