Climate target setting for agriculture and forestry

In this project, Ecofys has teamed up with the University of Aberdeen and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency to build a robust methodology enabling producers of agricultural and forestry goods to align their production with what is required to limit global warming to 2°C. The consortium focussed on key agriculture and forestry goods and developed emissions intensity pathways towards the year 2050. The team assessed the current emissions, abatement potentials and costs of climate smart agricultural solutions per good and modelled this in an integrated scenario to stay below 2°C at the lowest cost.

Relying on the ‘Sectoral Decarbonization Approach’, the results of the assessment help companies that produce agricultural and forestry goods to determine a fair share of emission reductions and to make their own operations and supply chain truly sustainable. The approach suggested by the Science Based Targets initiative of CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF calls on businesses to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science. The methodology allows NGOs and policy makers to benchmark the targets and actions for agriculture and forestry sector.

 >> Visit the online tool Ecofys has developed to start determining science-based targets per commodity and region.

The findings were also shared in a final stakeholder workshop in 2016. Watch the webcast or dive into the informative slides below: