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BIOGEN hosts top level meeting on UK Agriculture Climate Change Targets

04 August 2008

Agriculture can help with climate change - but don't destroy competitiveness with red tape

The company played host to key members of the Shadow Secretariat for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and the Agricultural Sector Associations' Climate Change Task Force at their offices in Milton Ernest, just north of Bedford.

At the top level meeting it was discussed how agriculture can make a significant contribution to UK climate change targets - but the government must not be tempted to strangle the golden goose.

Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, President of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) delivered a joint statement on behalf of the Climate Change Task Force to Lord Adair Turner, Chair of the CCC.

They are urging the CCC to recognise the unique role of agriculture in providing renewable natural resources together with other environmental services.

The CCC is currently producing its first report which will be published in December 2008. This will provide independent evidence-based advice to Government on the targets it should set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from now until 2050. Within this, the Committee will set carbon budgets for the UK economy up to 2022 and a long-term target to 2050. The report will advise on how different sectors of the economy including the agricultural sector can contribute to reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions.

Members of the CCC and Climate Change Task Force were given a tour of BIOGEN's Twinwoods Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant and Bedfordia Farms.