Description of impactClimate change, and the need to feed 9-10 billion people by 2050, are two of the greatest challenges facing humanity this century. Agriculture needs to provide more food from less input, and with agriculture contributing around a quarter of human greenhouse gas emissions, it needs to do so while reducing its impact on the climate. Research in UoA6, led by Pete Smith underpins (a) international climate policy choices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and (b) development of a greenhouse gas accounting software tool, The Cool Farm Tool. This is being used in 18 countries around the world (including some of the largest emitting countries) by a consortium of the world's leading agri-food companies including e.g. Unilever, PepsiCo, Tesco, Heineken, Heinz, McCain, Sysco, Ben & Jerry's, Costco, Yara and Marks & Spencer, to reduce the climate impact of farming. These major companies control large parts of the global food supply chain and have ambitious emission reduction targets. Through both policy and industry channels, this work is having a global impact on greenhouse gas emission reductions in agriculture, by raising consciousness of emissions from agriculture, and engaging farmers and producers in practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thereby promoting climate friendly farming.
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Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review › peer-review
Which cropland greenhouse gas mitigation options give the greatest benefits in different world regions? Climate and soil-specific predictions from integrated empirical models
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Policy and technological constraints to implementation of greenhouse gas mitigation options in agriculture
Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review