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Neil Ward net zero seminar

NISD Thought Leaders seminar series

Speaker:

Professor Neil Ward, Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA, a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change and the Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development

Host: Peter Emmrich

This seminar will be virtual. All welcome

Abstract

The agri-food system accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions and a third globally.  The UK’s commitment to a net zero target by 2050 poses a set of challenges for the current agri-food system and pattern of rural land use in the UK.

This seminar will explore the historical evolution of the contemporary agri-food system’s high-emissions model.  It will examine the implications of the net zero challenge in three key areas: dietary change; land use change; and changing farming practices.

Drawing on a recent book-length study, and work under the UKRI’s new AgriFood4NetZero Network+, the seminar will highlight the current policy pinch points but also grounds for optimism as we face the need for system transformation over the next three decades.

Bio

Neil Ward is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA and is a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development.

A human geographer by training, he has worked at University College London and the Universities of Leeds and Newcastle.  He was seconded to the Cabinet Office to advise the last Labour Government on rural and agricultural policy and was Director of Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy from 2004 to 2008.

Neil is a co-convenor of UKRI’s AgriFood4NetZero Network+, a £5m initiative to draw together scientists and social scientists with industry, stakeholders and policy-makers to support transformational change in the agri-food system to help meet the UK’s net zero by 2050 target.

Book release

Neil’s book, Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System, was published by Routledge in August.

NISD Thought Leaders seminar series

This seminar is part of the 2022 NISD seminar series that brings leading experts together to share knowledge around sustainable development challenges.

This series focuses particularly on sustainable agriculture. Please join our mailing list to keep up to date with the most recently announced speakers.

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