Farmers ploughing towards net zero
Farmers across the country need to do more to adjust their business to a low carbon future if the sector is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in England and Wales by 2040.
Agriculture accounts for about 10% of UK carbon emissions and is key to the nation becoming a net zero economy. The industry can benefit the wider environment in reducing emissions as its large land resource means carbon is captured and stored in quantities exceeding its own level of emissions.
While 82% of those involved in agriculture say cutting climate emissions is important to improving their sustainability, only 35% of farming businesses have completed a carbon audit which highlights inefficiencies on the farm and different approaches to follow, while helping to cut costs and emissions.
Ryan spoke to Brian Richardson, head of agriculture at Virgin Money.
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