Bioenergy and carbon storage will help reduce agriculture emissions to net zero by 2040, say farmers

The agriculture sector claims it can meet its own goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to near zero by 2040 without making any cuts in production.

The UK agriculture sector currently contributes around 10% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions, or 45.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year, chiefly through methane and nitrous oxide emissions (90%).

The NFU’s 12-page strategy, published earlier today, sets out a “three pillar” approach to reach net-zero by 2040, including productivity efficiency improvements, land management changes to improve carbon storage and growing bioenergy crops such as miscanthus grass.  

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