Ambitious climate change target proposed for Manchester

Mindy Sparks
November 17, 2018

In a separate report, also published today, the CCC argues that the United Kingdom should aim to increase the volume of carbon stored in our forests and land.

NFU Deputy President Guy Smith said: "The farming industry is on the forefront of climate change impacts; producing safe, traceable and affordable food is a daily challenge for United Kingdom farmers".

Chris Stark, chief executive of the CCC, defended the committee's support for biomass, the use of which has been criticised on the ground that it swallows up land that would otherwise support agriculture or nature.

We should start thinking of our land as a "natural store for carbon" rather than neat rows of the plants they make Weetabix out of, with the CCC saying an ultimate ambition of increasing the UK's tree cover from the 13 per cent it is now to 19 per cent by 2050 ought to be the minimum effort we put in to offset our national carbon output.

"Climate change is also explicitly among the "public goods" listed in our Agriculture Bill that we want to pay farmers for outside the European Union", added a Defra spokesman.

The contribution of bioenergy to the UK's energy mix could double by 2050, according to a new report by the government's climate change watchdog.

A new environmental lobby has been formed, aiming to "encourage and support" government in tackling what could be "irreversible" consequences of climate change.

The committee says there is "significant potential" to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet 5 per cent to 10 per cent of United Kingdom energy demand by 2050. "There are no silver bullets and we need a number of different technologies and approaches if we are going to be able to ensure a low carbon, low cost and sustainable way of heating our homes".

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the CCC website. 'Fundamental reform'Lord Deben, Chairman of CCC, said the way land is used in the United Kingdom needs "fundamental reform".

"If the supply of biomass is more strictly governed, its use can be sustainable and it can play an essential role in reducing emissions, locking away carbon in plants and soils".

The NFU has condemned a report by the independent advisory Committee on Climate Change, which recommends reducing animal agriculture in favour of rewilding. It advises Government on emissions targets and reports to Parliament on progress made.

"A zero carbon city will have many benefits for our citizens, not least enhanced air quality, better public transport networks, lower energy bills and future job opportunities in the growing low-carbon energy sector".

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