Farmers must act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The government has said that the farming industry must live up to its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) agriculture minister, Jim Paice was speaking at the launch of the farming industry's Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (GHGAP).

Agriculture currently contributes around 9% of the UK total of greenhouse gas emissions.

It is the single largest emitter of nitrous oxide (76% of the UK total) and accounts for 38%of the UK's methane emissions.

The government is initiating the GHGAP to provide support and a framework to reduce emissions.

Measures include working with farmers and the supply chain on pilots and policy to reduce emissions.

The government is also investing £12.6 million to improve the science base and measurement of on-farm emissions.

Mr Paice said: "Our farmers are making an important commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and we will continue to support them to achieve this.

"I'd really like to see the industry seizing this opportunity and I look forward to seeing real action in farms across the country.

"This is the first step on the farming sector's road to becoming more sustainable and I expect the partner organisations to show clear leadership as industry works to meet this challenge."

The GHGAP has been launched by 16 organisations representing the agricultural industry in England, led by the National Farmers Union, the Agricultural Industries Confederation and the Country Land and Business Association. Alison Brown


agriculture | Food & drink


Click a keyword to see more stories on that topic, view related news, or find more related items.


You need to be logged in to make a comment. Don't have an account? Set one up right now in seconds!

© Faversham House Ltd 2011. edie news articles may be copied or forwarded for individual use only. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.