Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser – Renewable Energy and Climate Change, NFU will join the AgriSouth 2021 Conference Panel
Since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock has led on analysis and advice about energy and climate change to the NFU’s management, office holders and members.
A senior NFU adviser since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock leads a small team providing analysis and advice on energy and climate change to the NFU’s management, office holders and members. His background is university and government research, covering energy and climate policy, plant physiology, all kinds of biomass fuels, bio-based products and other renewables. Author of more than 50 publications, he was educated at Oxford and London, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University.
“Energy security, food security and climate change are still converging as significant drivers of future agricultural policy. As scientists call for limiting global warming to just 1.5C, the NFU has set a new ambition of ‘net zero agriculture’ by 2040, facing down the challenge from our international competitors in the low-carbon farming stakes.
“We’re behind the curve compared with some of major European competitors on converting to green energy but renewable energy remains one of the most popular sources of diversification to boost farm income as we transition to a new UK agricultural policy.
“In place of renewable energy incentive payments, we have market-led deployment, but other forms of government support remain important; with new opportunities in decarbonising national heat supply, electric agricultural vehicles and the use of battery storage.