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Response: Annual climate change report welcomed by CLA - Country Land and Business Association Limited (CLA)

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament.

Commenting on the report, CLA President Mark Bridgeman said: “The CLA is committed to helping the government reach the net-zero target by 2050. Through the Agriculture Bill, Environment Bill, Tree Strategy and Peatland Strategy there is a fantastic opportunity to transform the sector and the way we use our land to reduce emissions and increase sequestration. Uncertainties about Brexit, trade negotiations and Covid-19 disruptions have delayed legislation and the development of policies for agriculture and land use that will support climate action. Farmers and land managers are increasingly looking at what they can do, but until there are clear policies and programmes for woodland creation and woodland management, alongside programmes to help shift the sector to low carbon farming, the progress will be slow. Addressing GHG emissions from agriculture and using nature to sequester and store carbon, and providing renewable energy, has many benefits for climate, nature and the economy. But this needs clear and long-term polices, and funding for programmes, that will encourage farmers and landowners to change how they farm and their land use.”

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