Achieving cleaner growth in agriculture: establishing feasible mitigation through a bottom-up approach

AP Barnes*, Elizabeth Stockdale, Lisa Norton, Vera Eory, M MacLeod, Gwen Buys

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Achieving greenhouse gas emission reductions to meet the 1.5 °C target by 2050 is particularly challenging for the agricultural sector. Cleaner Growth Mitigation Measures (CG-MM) are practices and technologies which balance food production with greenhouse gas abatement and are also identified as being economically acceptable. This paper explores a large number of CG-MMs to assess their feasibility using a novel participatory filtering process. Each measure is explored through a series of mapping exercises with supply chain actors to identify the impact on greenhouse gases and their applicability to different farming systems. These are then refined in a series of farmer workshops to identify which measures were considered feasible. Results show that acceptance of CG-MMs by the industry and the farmers themselves is limited. A pessimistic estimate of 50–60% of potential abatement could be lost due to lack of acceptance of currently available CG-MMs within farming. This impacts expectations on decarbonisation trajectories for the agricultural sector to reach net zero by 2050. This also argues for targeted approaches in order to capture some of the lost abatement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number142287
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Early online date20 Apr 2024
Publication statusPrint publication - 15 May 2024

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  • Net zero
  • Participatory approach
  • Mitigation methods
  • Cleaner growth


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