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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Why are we willing to fund this outcome?

The Scottish Government recognises that climate change is one of the most serious threats we face. Scotland must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet its climate change objectives and contribute to UK and international emission reduction targets.

Scotland's agriculture sector makes a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions primarily from livestock emissions, fertiliser use, energy use and soil cultivation and drainage.

The Scottish Government is investigating how the agricultural sector can respond to climate change, what the risks and vulnerabilities are, ways of adapting to the impacts of climate change and what the industry can do to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation). Reports with policy and research recommendations and guidance for farmers are expected later in 2008. This package may be revised in light of these findings.

What this package will achieve?

This package will encourage farmers and land managers to adopt best practice and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The package consists of a range of Options which, in the right circumstances, could help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from agricultural and land management activities. Other methods to help reduce emissions may emerge.

What you can do

You should choose which of the following Options will help deliver the outcome you have selected.

We suggest these Options may be appropriate in specific circumstances. If you choose any of these, the application system will ask you to explain how you see this Option helping to achieve the outcome. You can select as many, or as few, Options as you think you will need. You must judge which Options will most effectively deliver the desired outcomes taking account of your circumstances.

These Options will help to achieve the desired outcome in specific circumstances:

Why will these Options achieve the outcome?


Improving farming efficiency, using appropriate alternative energy sources and long term locking of carbon into soil and vegetation will help to reduce and/or offset greenhouse gas emissions. Which measures, or mix of measures, are appropriate will depend on your circumstances.

Sources of further information

The Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust provide free advice and guidance on reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency.

Other support available under the SRDP


There are other Options available under the SRDP that can help you reduce green house gas emissions. These Options are available under the Land Managers Options scheme and they can complement and support your proposal. They include:

  • Skills development
  • Retention of winter stubbles
  • Nutrient management plan