The Climate Change Committee (CCC) commissioned the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) to update the abatement potential from a range on-farm measures covering behavioural practices and technological options. SRUC was able to draw upon updated evidence from Defra’s on-going project, Delivering Clean Growth through Sustainable Intensification.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture accounts for around 10% of UK emissions. Based on current understanding, it is not possible to reduce agricultural emissions to zero due to the biological and chemical processes inherent in crop and livestock production. However, there are a range of measures and practices that farmers can deploy to reduce emissions from soils, livestock and the management of wastes and manures.
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2. Key recommendation
- The SRUC study found that the deployment of up to 18 on-farm measures could reduce annual emissions by 4 MtCO2e by 2035 under the Balanced Net Zero Pathway.