The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land (2019) estimates that agriculture is directly responsible for up to 8.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions globally. In the UK, farms produce about 46.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent a year – about one-tenth of UK GHG Emissions.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has previously set an ambitious goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for the sector by 2040. The REA, and its members, are committed to growing the opportunities for renewable and clean technologies in order to help the agriculture sector meet this aim, enabling farmers and landowners to take advantage of new innovative clean technologies and revenue streams.
Join this Fringe COP 26 Event to explore the integration of renewables and clean technology across agricultural activities, from energy crops to transport. Hear from prominent developers in the renewables and cleantech industry discussing opportunities for the agriculture sector and highlight further innovations being developed.
– Jonathan Scurlock, NFU and Nina Skorupska, REA – “Setting the context for the role of renewables and clean technology in Agriculture”
– William Cracroft-Eley, Terravesta – “The role of Bioenergy Perennial Crop Production in Decarbonisation”
– Philipp Lukas, Future Biogas – “Continuing to grow the Biomethane Potential in Agriculture”
– Neil Lindsay, Solar2 – “How Solar PV projects Can Help Farmers”
– Charles Stevenson, JCB – “Decarbonising Agricultural Machinery”
Key topics to be explored:
– What are the key challenges to agricultural decarbonisation?
– What role does agriculture have in contributing to decarbonising the UK energy systems?
– Where are the potential technological innovations we need to see to allow the agriculture sector to meet its net-zero ambitions?
– How is innovation changing the emissions associated with agricultural vehicles?
– What are the barriers and key policy solutions required for the wider adoption of low carbon farming techniques?