Agriculture to deliver on Net Zero

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How to make a net-zero, nature-positive agriculture a reality

Monday 8 November 2021, 11.30am – 1.00pm
Kelvin Gallery, University of Glasgow (and online)

In this event various representative stakeholders from the food value chain came together to discuss their preliminary findings and insights on how to make a net-zero, nature-positive agriculture a reality.

Guest speakers

  • Moderator: Lisa Sweet (Head of Future of Protein, COVID Response and Food- Health, World Economic Forum)
  • Christine Brunel-Ligneau (Head of Sustainable Agriculture, Bayer Crop Science)
  • Christian Holzleitner (Head of land use and finance for innovation, Europe DG Clima)
  • Dr. Joerg S. Hofstetter (Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management, KEDGE Business School)
  • Diana Lenzi (President, CEJA)
  • Christine Crosby (Sustainability Director, HERO)
  • Alex Bell (CEO Agoro Carbon Alliance)
  • John Crawford (Professor of Strategy and Technology Managment, University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School)

Agriculture has the potential to be a key driver in the transition towards net-zero, moving the industry from being one of the drivers for climate change and nature loss, to being a solution. This transition needs to start with the farmers, who are the stewards of agriculture lands. About 15 organisations from across the food value chain have come together under the European Carbon+ Farming Coalition, to deliver toward this potential and help accelerate the farm-level transition to carbon farming and get farmers rewarded for it. Farmer centricity is a key criteria for the coalition’s work that is based on a large farmer outreach involving 1,800 farmers from across 7 countries.

During this session, the coalition shared its preliminary findings and insights on how to make a net-zero, nature-positive agriculture a reality. Various representative stakeholders from the food value chain will discussed these initial findings to provide further perspective and insight from where they operate as well as discuss possible routes for implementing carbon net-zero actions and potential reward mechanisms for farmers.

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021. The meeting brought countries together to work towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 


Further information: business-events@glasgow.ac.uk

First published: 18 October 2021

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