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IFA has called on Government to take the following steps in support of farming’s contribution to climate action:

  1. Establish a cross-sectoral implementation group, including IFA, to mobilise Government Departments and the State’s advisory, scientific and economic development agencies to maximise the delivery of the emissions reductions identified by Teagasc in their recent climate abatement report.
  2. Work with EU leaders to introduce a carbon tariff on all less climate efficient imports into the EU from South America and other regions to incentivise carbon efficient food production.
  3. Appoint an independent Retail Regulator to ensure farmers get a fairer share of the food supply chain, allowing them to continue to reinvest to further climate proof their farm businesses.
  4. Regarding the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions:
    1. Re-examine the climate metrics applied when calculating methane, given the short-lived behaviour of methane in the atmosphere.
    2. C02 emission reductions through natural carbon sinks, such as forests and permanent pastures, should be included in the overall measurement of the contribution of emissions from the sector.
  5. On community and farm-scale renewables:
    1. The introduction of a guaranteed feed-in tariff model.
    2. Increased grid access, at node and substation level.
    3. Crowdfunding legislation and platforms.
    4. The development of regional biomass trade and logistic centres.

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said, “This detailed submission to Government restates IFA’s opposition to further carbon taxes on the sector, which are directly impacting on farming’s competitiveness without reducing climate emissions. The submission also highlights the multiple and sometimes competing roles that farmers have as food, fuel and energy producers, while at the same time being required to enhance the environment and the low climate mitigating potential of the sector.”

Concluding he said, “Farmers in Ireland have a proud record as carbon efficient food producers. We can and will do more, particularly in the resource efficiency and renewables areas. However, this depends on strong Government support and a fully funded CAP to meet the increased environmental and climate requirements.”

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the report recently published by Teagasc on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture as “an important blueprint, setting out the necessary policy measures that Government must introduce”.

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IFA’s Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the publication of the National Mitigation Climate Plan by Government, saying that it provides “a basis for a whole of society response to the climate challenge.”

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on the EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Aria Caňete to hold firm on earlier Heads of Government’s decisions, and ensure that Ireland’s carbon efficient model of food production is not jeopardised in current climate talks. These talks will endeavour to agree binding targets for each Member State, to be delivered by 2030.

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