The UK government has committed to becoming net-zero in terms of carbon emissions by 2050. The Committee on Climate Change has made a number of recommendations in the report ‘Land Use: Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change’.

The recommendations proposed in the report would result in a structural change of the UK agricultural sector, due to the level of greenhouse gases it currently produces. There are a number of recommendations, including a reduction of up to 3.8 - 4.5 million hectares less grassland and rough grazing, and up to 1 million hectares out of cropland.

The report concludes that the national goals, for climate change mitigation and adoption, will not be met without significant changes to land use. It recognises that land managers should be rewarded for delivering public goods that help deliver net-zero. A second report is anticipated, which will help deliver a new land management system.

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