Pressure is mounting on farmers and the Scottish Government to do more to contribute towards Scotland’s ambitious net zero emissions targets.
Four Holyrood committees have now published reports demanding that all sectors in Scotland must take urgent action to combat global warming.
In less than 10 years the Government plans to cut emissions by 75% across the country. The committees are demanding increased annual planting of 24,000ha of trees, which within five years would see an area close to size of the Kingdom of Fife covered in forest.
The Scottish Government are also being criticised for claiming farm policies will deliver better outcomes for climate and nature while at the same time cutting the agri-environment scheme (AECS) budget by 20%.
The pressure is set to continue ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this year, the most important gathering on climate change since the Paris Agreement in 2015.