Responding to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report, and the push to zero-carbon by 2050, CLA Deputy President Mark Bridgman said:
“The CCC report confirms the very clear science that we need drastic action to mitigate the impact of climate change, and its ambitious targets of a zero-carbon economy will ensure the UK is leading by example on the global stage.
“Farmers will need to adapt to changing consumer habits, with current trends suggesting this will lead to less red meat and dairy being consumed, but there are also significant opportunities. The planting of billions of trees across the country, growing of crops for energy and natural habitat restoration will all play a vital role. The successful introduction of environmental land management schemes, which ensures farmers and landowners are adequately rewarded for sustainable practices alongside environmental delivery, is key to making this a reality.
“We will need to ensure that changes in agricultural practices do not come to the detriment of rural communities and the rural economy, and that the transition is gradual, with on-going support for land managers.
“As a nation, we will need to work constructively on the international stage to ensure we do not end up simply exporting our carbon footprint to countries with weaker targets in place through inappropriate trade policies. It is vital that this action is as global as the crisis we collectively face.”