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Agriculture and Climate Action

Government commitments to legally binding greenhouse gas reductions of 51 per cent by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050 imply significant changes for the agricultural sector over the coming decade; as a result, NESC was requested by Government to undertake research on climate and agriculture earlier this year.

This project is exploring how a just transition approach to the area of agriculture and land use in Ireland can ensure that climate targets can be met in a manner that is socially inclusive, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. The work, which will draw on previous NESC work on just transition, is looking in practical terms at the options for transition and the ways in which policy can identify and support people impacted by transition.  In October, farmers from around the country were invited to participate in workshops – held in Tubbercurry, Tullamore and Mitchelstown to hear about their experience with climate change and their views on measures for reducing emissions. The views of farmers, in particular on the barriers to and enablers of transition will inform the final report, which is due before the Council in March 2023.

A multi-stakeholder working group, chaired by Professor Thia Hennessey is supporting the project.  The group are due to meet for the fourth time on Thursday 24th November 2022 in Portlaoise. At this meeting the working group will discuss the economic costs and opportunities of transition and hear about NESC plans for a workshop on natural capital accounting and ecosystem services in the area of agriculture, which will inform the work.

View the Terms of Reference for this group here.

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