Future climate policy must support British farming’s net zero ambitions

As world leaders and climate ambassadors continue to discuss the need for urgent climate action at COP25, the NFU is calling for the next Government to develop climate policy that empowers British farmers to reach their ambition of net zero agriculture by 2040.

In its General Election Manifesto, the NFU emphasises the crucial role the future government has to play in creating a policy environment that incentivises farm businesses to reduce their impact on our climate and collectively work towards net zero agriculture.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “British farmers are already producing some of the most sustainable food in the world and we want to do even more. But we cannot achieve net zero without government investment.

“Any measures farmers take towards net zero will require investment and significant changes, and we need the future government to create policy which ensures these steps are not only right for the environment, but right for our businesses too.

“With the appropriate research and a range of incentives to help farmers improve productive efficiency, increase carbon capture and boost renewable energy, we can build on our work producing high quality, sustainable food for the nation.

“British farmers are part of the solution to the climate crisis. We have a huge opportunity in this country to be pioneers in climate-friendly food production – we have the ambition, we just need the right policy to support us.”

The NFU’s call comes after it hosted its first net zero advisory panel with renowned scientists and academics to discuss its net zero report and the short, medium and long-term measures that will be needed for British farming to achieve net zero by 2040.

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.