Knowledge for better food systems

Request for evidence: Clean Growth through Sustainable Intensification, DEFRA, UK

31 Dec 2018

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is undertaking a project entitled “Delivering Clean Growth through Sustainable Intensification”. The aim of the project is to inform Defra’s guidance platform on feasible greenhouse gas mitigation management practices and mitigation trajectories for English agriculture within the context of the UK, consistent with the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy.

The project will consider interventions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector, including from agricultural wastes and nutrient fertilisers, to decarbonise the sector whilst maintaining and improving the productivity of the UK food system and supporting improved environmental outcomes. Greenhouse gases of particular interest include: carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. The work will consider wider environmental impacts, such as emissions to air (e.g. ammonia) and water.

As part of the project, the Contractors are drawing together existing evidence on a diverse range of agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation measures relevant to the UK. If you have relevant evidence available from published reports which assess the effectiveness of mitigation measures at a national scale and would like to share with the Contractors, please contact Chloe Smale from Defra (