Industry unites in greenhouse gas plan

Agriculture and horticulture organisations join forces to launch the Greenhouse Gas Action Plan.

Organisations representing the agriculture and horticulture industries in England have launched a Greenhouse Gas Action Plan.

The plan outlines how the agriculture and horticulture industries aim to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by three-million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents between 2018 and 2022.

More than a dozen organisations have helped put the plan together, including the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the NFU, Linking Farming & Environment, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group and the Country, Land and Business Association.

Rather than create new initiatives, the plan aims to bring together and make the most of existing energy-saving ideas such as the Horticultural Development Company's (HDC) Growsave scheme.

The plan's backers will spend the next year gathering evidence so that they can advise the Government on which schemes work the best. This will allow it to formulate concrete proposals for farmers and growers and give it time to work out how best to communicate the plan to the industry.

HDC technical manager Jason Pole told Grower: "The AHDB is planning to use its current communication platforms such as HDC news."

Under the Climate Change Act 2008, the Government is required to achieve an overall 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels across the UK economy by 2050.

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