UFU comment on recently published Greenhouse Gas Implementation Plan 2016-2020

Thursday, 29 September, 2016

The UFU has commented on the recent announcement by Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen regarding the publication of ‘Efficient Farming Cuts Greenhouse Gases Implementation Plan 2016-2020’.

Article key points

  • Second phase on a voluntary industry-led greenhouse gas initiative
  • Complex issue but farmers recognise it is important
  • Can reduse greenhouse gas emissions while remaining competitive
  • Focus on improving efficiencies to address carbon footprint
  • Joint plan proves climate change issues can be addressed by working together, offering education, advice and guidance rather than heavy-handed legislation and penalties

“This is second phase of a voluntary industry-led greenhouse gas initiative and it builds on the success of phase one. Through the initiative farmers have demonstrated their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by improving efficiencies while still remaining competitive. Already we are seeing results and farmers should be commended for their ongoing efforts,” said Mr Bell.

“This is a complex issue but one that farmers recognise is important. The plans to grow our industry have been developed to be both sustainable and positive in terms of their environmental impact. This joint plan proves that we can address climate issues by working together, offering education, advice and guidance rather than heavy-handed legislation and penalties. The UFU has been involved in this initiative from the outset.  It has played a key role in this plan and the previous implementation plan.  We have always argued that plans for reducing emissions must be manageable and affordable.  I am pleased this is reflected in the 2016-2020 implementation plan,” said the UFU president.