Agriculture currently accounts for just under a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions. It is the third largest emitting sector behind energy and transport.
How can we realise the Scottish Government's ambition to see Scotland as “among the lowest carbon and most efficient food producers in the world”, as expressed in the draft Climate Change Plan?
Research plays an important role in designing and implementing policies that take account of the complex issues cutting across land use, agriculture and forestry: For example looking at the potential of Scottish soils to sequester more carbon interact with social and economic issues like farmers’ motivations and on-farm practices.
Research also helps ensure successful implementation and monitoring by for example defining a practical system for optimal nitrogen use on Scottish farms, or being able to accurately monitor livestock emissions intensity figures.