Base CAP payments on achieving green targets rather than carbon tax - Ag Committee
New measures should be introduced to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the pursuit of more efficient processes on farms, according to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
In a Report on Climate Change and Sustainability in the Agriculture and Food Sectors the Committee recommends the basing of CAP payments on achieving environmental / green targets may be a more optimal system than a carbon tax.
A tax on agriculture emissions was a key recommendation of the Citizens Assembly following its deliberations on Climate Change.
While the Committee welcomed the work of the Citizens Assembly and noted its recommendations it said that there are additional implications arising for the agri-food sector, in particular the Committee recommends that further emphasis is added to the absence of heavy industry in Ireland in the consideration of climate change targets.
It also recommends that an immediate impact assessment of the climate change and sustainability targets in Food Wise 2025 be undertaken.
Committee Chairperson, Pat Deering TD, said, “There is no arguing that climate change is a critical issue that needs to be addressed urgently. Farmers can play a vital role in tackling climate change but measures should be put in place to ensure that their livelihoods are not negatively impacted by evolving farming practices.
"The report we have published today makes 35 recommendations that identify potential policy solutions for these challenges, representing farming, sectoral, marine and environmental sectors.”
Deering said climate-related losses in crop and livestock productivity continues to impact negatively on farmers; with this in mind, we are recommending that measures be put in place to assist farmers and rural communities in responding to the impact of extreme weather events, such as shortages of fodder, winter storms and heatwaves.