The commitment of achieving net zero emissions of GHG by 2050 became law in the UK and developed administrations in 2019. The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) are leading a net zero carbon campaign that is encouraging and co-ordinating institutional and business pledges to commit to a Net Zero pledge. The IAgrE is keen to offer its support and take the pledge, this will involve some initial preparation and we will share the learning with members. This is a pledge by IAgrE to reduce the Institution's Carbon consumption and promote low carbon technology within the industry.
1. Set and commit to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5°C or well below 2°C climate change scenario – covering buildings and travel as a minimum.
2. Publicly report greenhouse gas emissions and progress against this target each year.
3. Publish one piece of research or thought-leadership piece each year on practical steps to deliver a net zero greenhouse gas economy. Alternatively, signatories may choose to provide mentoring and support for smaller signatory companies in setting targets, reporting and meeting the requirements of the pledge.
IAgrE with the SocEnv., provides leadership and guidance on this issue:
The IAgrE intend to show leadership in this area to guide existing and prospective members who are involved in the land based industries. We are keen to learn what the implications of Net Zero and taking the pledge would be for members. What awareness do you have of the issue and what perspectives you have of the innovations necessary to achieve Net Zero in your particular sector?
To help understand what a Net Zero GHG policy framework for land use would look like the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have produced a report illustrating policy options and their implications.
Net Zero requires a transformation in land use across the UK. The report sets out a detailed range of options to drive emissions reductions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The net zero commitment signals a significant challenge to the way land will be managed in the future. With these challenges will come opportunities, the scale and range of change in land use and some of its implications are illustrated in this infographic provided by the Climate Change Committee.
The Royal Academy of Engineering have provided some useful research on how a reduction in emmisions may be achieved and how engineers can make a difference - Read more on their Net Zero webpage and click here for the paper Net Zero: A systems perspective on the climate challenge