Opportunities for Welsh agriculture in the future?

Tuesday, 28th May 2019

BEACON Low Carbon Manager, Dr Judith Thornton, and BEACON Director, Professor Iain Donnison, have been writing in The Conversation recently on the difficulties of decarbonizing agriculture in Wales, with the vast numbers of sheep and cattle producing large quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas, as a consequence of their digestive processes, all of which contributes, in turn, to the problem of climate change. Wales has been set a target of 95% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 by the Committee on Climate Change.

Although colleagues at IBERS, Aberystwyth University, have been working to improve the efficiency of ruminant agriculture, these changes alone will be insufficient to meet the target set, so other methods of farming will need to be adopted, such as growing bioenergy crops.

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