British farmers have set an ambitious strategy to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture by 2040. However, they feel the government should step in and provide the necessary means, the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales has stated.
NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts: “British farmers are committed to playing their part in the climate challenge, and that’s why we’ve set ourselves the ambition to reach net zero across British agriculture by 2040.” He added that to be successful, this must be a “joint effort, not just from farm businesses but from government, stakeholders, and the wider supply chain”.
According to NFU data, UK farm emissions currently amount to 45.6 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent a year – about one-tenth of total UK GHG emissions.
“In stark contrast to the rest of the economy, only 10% of this is CO2. Around 40% is nitrous dioxide (N2O) and 50% is methane (CH4),” a recent NFU report suggests.