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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. NESC has been requested by Government to undertake research on climate and agriculture in 2022, with a focus on how to support climate just transition in agriculture.

The project will explore in practical terms how climate targets, and the transition that they imply for Irish agriculture, can be achieved in a manner that considers social equity and inclusion, environmental resilience and economic well-being. The project will consider agriculture within the wider context of land use, forestry and opportunities for rural development.

The work will be overseen by a Working Group, and is scheduled to be completed by March 2023.

View the Terms of Reference for this group here.