In the wake of COP26, the UK is rapidly developing its leadership on the pathway to net zero. This includes an increased focus on the land use sectors, recognising that joint solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergencies must be developed. This study, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aimed to identify current evidence in the land use and agricultural sectors, and evidence gaps in order to frame and develop a much larger programme of research. Furthermore, it set out the available options to achieve net zero (or better) in agriculture and land use, produce sufficient food and increase biodiversity, within the constraints of government’s legal requirements, policy ambitions and aspirations.
The work, led by colleagues at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, brought together understanding and current quantitative and qualitative evidence from the natural, social, and economic sciences. CCRI’s involvement focused on the areas of qualitative assessment and stakeholder workshops, and involved Prof. Julie Ingram, Prof. Damian Maye and Jane Mills.
CCRI Ref: 2021-129