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Net Zero Agricultre

Achieving Net Zero in the agricultural sector will require improved practices for increased productivity, the use of renewable tools, and nature-based carbon capture. But the industry relies on emissions that are hard to completely abate such as, nitrous oxide (N2 O) from fertilisers, manure and rice production, and methane (CH4) from ruminants and rice production. As such, the agricultural sector will likely require some degree of offsetting.  


The Oxford Martin programme on climate pollutants offers some implications for farmers on offsetting practices in the agricultural industry, with a focus on overall warming rather than emissions.  

Existing coordinated efforts to achieve net zero in the buildings sector:

The Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal is a US based coalition that works to reduce carbon emissions in agriculture and boost the carbon sequestering potential of farms. They support the goal of achieving net zero emissions in the US by 2030. 

The National Farmers Union (UK) representing over 55,000 farmers and growers in England and Wales, has set a goal of reaching net zero GHG emissions across the agricultural industries of England and Wales by 2040. The NFU aims to lead the way on reducing the climate impact of animal grazing which accounts for 60% of UK farm land. The NFU considers improvements in productivity, carbon capture and renewable energy production the most effective ways to reach agricultural net zero targets.