Farmers adopt new policy of zero carbon economy by 2050

Australia’s peak farmers’ body has backed an economy-wide target of net carbon zero by 2050.

Aug 20, 2020, updated Aug 20, 2020
National Farmers' Federation has committed to a zero carbon economy by 2050. (Photo: ABC)

National Farmers' Federation has committed to a zero carbon economy by 2050. (Photo: ABC)

Members of the National Farmers’ Federation have voted in favour of the policy, which includes strict caveats regarding fair implementation and economic viability.

It is a further step from the NFF’s 2030 road map released in October 2019, in which the organisation nominated a goal of agriculture being advanced on the road to carbon neutrality in the next 12 years.

The sector is responsible for 13 per cent of the country’s emissions.

“Australia’s farm sector continues to be a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” NFF president Fiona Simson said.

“In the past decade, agriculture has consistently reduced its emissions intensity and net emissions within the Australian economy.”

The red meat sector has a target of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Simson said it would only be an aspiration without ongoing innovation and policy support.

“We need to equip farmers with far better tools for evaluating and reporting on individual business emissions,” Simson said.

“This will require new investment in research and development, so we have more robust baseline information, new pathways to reduce emissions, and fewer barriers to participation in carbon markets.”

The NFF also has a goal of boosting the value of the nation’s agricultural production to $100 billion by 2030.


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