Achieving Net Zero: The Importance of Energy Performance
Farming Monthly National|March 2021
Over recent years, UK farmers have witnessed the impact of climate change first-hand.
Charlotte Murphy

An increase in extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, storms and extreme temperatures have caused lower yields, earlier harvests, establishment difficulties and the need to provide livestock with supplementary feed.

As environmentalists and climate scientists have been warning for decades, this will only get worse unless we take steps to fight back and protect our planet for future generations.

For this reason, the UK government announced in 2019 the nationwide goal of reaching net-zero by 2050. With agriculture accounting for around 10% of the UK’s carbon emissions, the National Farmers Union took it a step further by aiming for net-zero agriculture by 2040.

“Our goal of net-zero agriculture by 2040 means the industry as a whole being a net-zero contributor to climate change,” says NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts, “It is a challenge but by coming together to encourage progress it can be done, and it will also help improve our business resilience as well as our environment.

What do carbon emissions have to do with climate change?

Carbon dioxide is a gas that appears naturally in our atmosphere. It traps the heat from the sun and ensures that the Earth is a comfortable place to live. Without it, we would face extremely low temperatures that would make life as we know it impossible.

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