Environmental Land Management Consultation: SFR calls for joined up thinking between environmental schemes
Currently, the Environmental Land Management Scheme is out for consultation (consultation ends 31 July). This will pave the way for the UK Government to meet its 25 Year Environmental Plan, making agriculture more environmentally friendly and meet climate change targets and the Net Zero aspirations.
Our co-founder Kevin Lindegaard of Crops for Energy has responded to the consultation (see his response here) and we have also fed our views back to the National Farmers Union (NFU) and The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA).
We broadly agree with these responses. However, we would certainly like to emphasise the role schemes such as the Sustainable Fuels Register (SFR) can play in providing assurance that energy crops and crop residues are produced in a manner that demonstrates less harm to the environment when used as feedstocks for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) or fuel for biomass boilers. The interactivity between schemes is currently sadly lacking and some joined up thinking on how these schemes can be used across support structures would be very welcome.