Farmers celebrated over climate change
TWENTY-TWO farmers from across the UK took centre stage in a new report Delivering Britain’s Clean En
ergy from the Land, launched yesterday (Wednesday November 9) and authored by the UK farming unions.
The report’s launch comes on Farmers’ Day at the COP22 climate conference being held in Marrakech, Morocco, where world leaders are turning their attention to the role of agriculture in managing a changing climate.
The report aims to celebrate the work of farmers across the UK in tackling climate change by installing renewable energy systems on their farms and producing low-carbon energy.
Now legally binding, the international Paris Agreement on climate change signed in 2015 has opened the door to a wealth of opportunities for farmers to contribute to the low-carbon economy.
In a joint statement, the four UK farming union presidents said: ‘ The farming industry grows the raw ingredients for the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, food and drink, worth £108 billion, and provides jobs for 3.9 million people, all while using its natural resources to store carbon and generate clean renewable energy. Our report showcases our members’ ambitions and practical actions to be on the front line of tackling the impact of climate change.
‘Agriculture has a unique role to play in the implementation of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. Farmers have embraced a diverse selection of technologies at different scales to meet the needs of their business and the country.
‘They are keen to keep their businesses progressive and at the forefront of technology for present and future generations.’