Almost £50,000 has been awarded to the Country Land and
Business Association (CLA) by the East of England Development Agency
to fund a project to enable farmers and land managers calculate
the carbon footprint of their businesses and judge the best way
An easy to use, web-based calculator* will be built to assess
the individual green house gas emissions of any farm or estate.
From the results managers will be able to decide what action they
need to take to reduce emissions and to adapt their businesses
to take advantage of future opportunities for carbon offsetting
Under CALM (Carbon Accounting for Land Managers) Savills'
Research Department will carry out the work, representing £20,000
of match funding, in conjunction with CLA staff. The calculator
will be carried on the CLA website and will be free and accessible
"The public and end-users already want to know that
producers are working to reduce emissions," said Jim Paice,
shadow agriculture spokesman, announcing the EEDA grant at Cereals
2007 on Wednesday, June 13. "This can only increase and suppliers
will need to be able to provide hard facts and figures on emissions
and how they are dealing with them. CALM will put them ahead of
On the plus side, land management is one of the few industries
which is able to make a positive contribution to reduce the impacts
of climate change:
- the production of renewable energy,
- carbon sequestration
- supplying building materials such as timber
and hemp to replace highly polluting ones."
"Undoubtedly climate change and
all its implications is a major issue, which has to be addressed" said
Paul Hinds, EEDA sustainable development manager. "This is
why we are pleased to support this important initiative."
has now given two substantial grants** to the CLA to research the
impacts of climate change and the effect on farming and forestry.
This illustrates how seriously the agency is taking the whole subject
in its role as lead RDA for climate change and reflects our commitment
to the future and the long-term view we take," said CLA president
"We are calling on the government to take the
same view and carry out detailed research to establish how we should
commit our land in the light of climate change. For decades this
country has benefited from an abundance of cheap food with the
result that successive governments have not been concerned to safeguard
farmland. All this is changing. Experts agree that drought and
rising sea levels are going to reduce the amount of productive
land world-wide. At the same time the world population is increasing
rapidly. It is predicted to rise from its current 6.6 billion to
9.4billion by 2050. Each year it is growing by 80 million – the
population of Germany.
"Our land is just too precious to lose.
We need to step back now and thoroughly assess what we are doing
with it – and
ensure that no irrevocable action is taken that would prevent farmers
from producing the food future generations are going to need."
* The CLA CALM calculator will use methodology of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
** In October 2005 EEDA
granted the CLA £38,950 for the CLIO project which
it undertook jointly with the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit
and the European Landowners Association. Focusing on 21 large country estates
across Europe, (three in England) the aims were to gain a more detailed understanding
of climate change on these estates, to identify ways of adapting to the changes,
develop mitigation strategies and provide guidance for policymakers and stakeholders.
(Report details attached herewith).
Between 1965 and 2000 world annual cereal
production was increased by about 1 billion tonnes. By 2030, an
extra 1 billion tonnes of cereals will be needed each year
of farmland (all grades) 'lost' in England to:
over the past five years is estimated at about 25,000 ha per year;
just under 0.3%.
2) environmental schemes. In 2006 there were 5.2
million ha in agri-environmental schemes in England – Defra.
Over the past 10 years over 400,000 ha of cropland in the UK is
no longer in production but some 630,000 ha of pasture has been
gained – Defra.
3) Set-aside UK 2006: 513,000 ha. – Defra
soil loss is between 8 and 15 tonnes per ha per year. There are
some 4.9 billion hectares of farm land in the world so we are losing
between 39 and 74 billion tonnes of soil each year – USDA.
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