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Uncertainities in Tackling GHG Emissions Accepted

by 5m Editor
2 December 2008, at 10:02am

UK - The joint agricultural Climate Change Task Force has welcomed the report published on 1 December by the Committee on Climate Change, which recognises the complexity of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and the need for more research.

The Task Force said the committee had clearly taken on board the recent Scottish Agricultural College report on options, cost implications and uncertainties for the agriculture sector. The likely abatement potential for non-CO2 greenhouse gases described in the report was seen as a realistic starting point, and the committee's intention to carry out further work on the sector to understand what is feasible was noted with interest.

However, the Task Force believes the full potential for agricultural mitigation of climate change will not be realised without:

  • an increase in GHG-related research and development, covering soil and nutrient management, livestock diets and refinement of the UK GHG inventory;

  • an increase in GHG-related research and development, covering soil and nutrient management, livestock diets and refinement of the UK GHG inventory;

  • allowing agriculture to play its full role in low-carbon production, by balancing its greenhouse gas emissions through carbon storage and the export of renewable energy services alongside the provision of food and feed.

The Task Force will continue to take a key role in discussing how the details in the SAC report are used in the development of Defra's Climate Change policies through the Rural Climate Change Forum.