Agriculture can achieve emissions reduction target – IFA

IFA Environment chairperson John Murphy has said that if all additional measures set out in Climate Action Plan 2024 are implemented, agriculture can achieve its 25% emissions reduction target for 2030.

The EPA climate report published recently shows that with additional measures as set out in the Climate Action Plan 2024, emissions from agriculture will reduce by 18%.

“The reality is that some other additional measures set out in the Climate Action Plan for agriculture were excluded from the emissions projections report”, said said Mr Murphy. “This is because additional data is required to account for a potential 1.5 million tonnes’ carbon dioxide equivalent reduction due to planned diversification measures”.

He said that hopefully this can be resolved by next year and we will see these diversification measures included within the projections report and get a clearer picture of the potential of the sector.

“Farmers are continually adopting new measures to reduce emissions on farms,” he said. “But if targets are to be achieved, we need whole of sector implementation.

“Farmers need to be actively supported during this transition, particularly around diversification measures, if they are to be adopted at farm level. The rollout of initiatives such as feed additives as well as ensuring sufficient supplies of protected urea will be vital to the sector meeting these targets,” he concluded.