05 Apr 2011 12:04:05
Farming industry lays out CO2 reduction plan
Britain's agricultural industry has laid out a roadmap for how it will achieve a three-million tonne cut in greenhouse gas emissions from 2018 to 2022.
Backed by 16 organisations in the sector, the plan highlights how increasing imports would simply shift where CO2
was produced, rather than reducing it.
Instead, the focus must be on all members of the industry taking steps to cut their emissions, while not cutting production levels, and also the role farming can play in renewable power generation.
The government recently announced it is to increase support for anaerobic digestion under the Feed-in Tariff scheme, following lower than expected applications for farm-based installations, although many claim the rise is not sufficient to increase uptake.
Gwyn Jones, vice president of the National Farmers Union, one of the organisations behind the initiative, said: "The main focus of our action plan concerns how farmers and growers can become more efficient, producing more with fewer resources and fewer emissions."
Farming minister Jim Paice described the Greenhouse Gas Action Plan as "the first step on the farming sector's road to becoming more sustainable".