How could new money to cut carbon change our countryside?

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27 February, 2019

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Changes to the way we manage and use land will play a vital role in achieving the UK’s climate change objectives in the coming decades. Farmers and land managers can currently sell carbon credits for woodland and peatland projects to businesses wanting to reduce their environmental impact. Changes to farm management practices could also reduce emissions from agriculture and lock up carbon in soils. While voluntary carbon markets are currently small, the government aims to boost the amount of funding available.

Should a private market for carbon credits be encouraged or will land use and management change be driven solely by public money for public goods? Is carbon farming an opportunity for farmers in a changing world or a threat to food production? Would a market for eco-system services open new opportunities for UK farmers and land managers, or introduce unhelpful complexity?

This event launched our new report New routes to decarbonise land use with Natural Infrastructure Schemes


Caroline Drummond MBE (chair)

Chief executive, LEAF

Patrick Begg

Outdoors and natural resources director, National Trust

Andrew Clark

Director of policy, NFU

Helen Browning OBE

Chief executive, Soil Association

Detlef Schoen

Head of real assets, Insight Investment

James Hepburne Scott

Director and co-founder, Forest Carbon

Ewa Kmietowicz

Team leader, Committee on Climate Change


How could new money to cut carbon change our countryside?

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