Use the links below to access the latest reports, information and strategies that affect agriculture.
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan
This report plots how the UK will meet the 34% cut in emissions on 1990 levels by 2020. We have already reduced emissions by 21% – equivalent to cutting emissions entirely from four cities the size of London. The Transition Plan is the most systematic response to climate change of any major developed economy, and sets the standard for others in the run up to crucial global climate talks in Copenhagen in December.
Food 2030 (Defra)
Food 2030 is the Government’s new food strategy. It is the first of its kind in over 50 years. It sets out the Governements vision of how they want the food system to look like in 2030, and how we can get there.
Water Resources Strategy (EA)
Water resources strategy - water for people and the environment (EA)
This document sets out how the EA believes water resources should be managed over the coming decades so that water can be abstracted and used sustainably. Implementing the strategy will help to ensure there will be enough water for people and the environment now and in the future. The strategy included a series of actions that are needed in order to deliver a secure water supply and safeguard the environment. This statagy replaces the strategy produced in 2001 'Water resources for the future: A strategy for England and Wales'.
Soil Strategy (DEFRA)
The new Soil Strategy for England sets out an ambitious vision to improve the sustainable management of soil and tackle degradation within 20 years. It covers a range of sectors including agriculture, land management, planning and construction and provides a strategic framework for action that should facilitate Defra’s work with delivery partners.
Combating Climate Change - the role of UK Forests (FC)
The report was commissioned to examine the potential of the UK's trees and woodlands to mitigate and adapt to our changing climate. It forms part of the response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report published in 2007. The study is considered to be the first national assessment of its kind in the world and is already attracting interest from other countries keen to form their own climate change plans and policies.
Milk Roadmap (Dairyco)
The Milk Roadmap has been produced by the Sustainable Consumption and Production Taskforce of the Dairy Supply Chain Forum in order to reduce the environmental impact of liquid milk. The Milk Roadmap is a living document and provides a tool to help us better understand the environmental, social and economic impacts of milk, and the various ways in which these impacts can be mitigated. The Roadmap lays out a set of practical actions, including short (2010), medium (2015) and long-term (2020) targets, to deliver this vision.
Change in the Air: The English Beef and Sheep Production Roadmap - Phase 1 (EBLEX)
Reducing the environmental impact of beef and sheep production, in particular greenhouse gases, is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today.
This report is an important step in the process. It benchmarks where we are now and what steps producers can take to improve their environmental performance to meet tough Government targets, while also improving efficiency.
Climate change plan (Defra)
This report sets out how Government is taking action on climate change – both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare for a changing climate.