Willingness to adopt green house gas mitigation measures: Agricultural land managers in the United Kingdom

Jebari, Asma, Mehmood, Muhammad Aamer, Oyetunde-Usman, Zainab, McAuliffe, Graham A, Chivers, Charlotte-Anne ORCID: 0000-0003-3267-5558 and Collins, Adrian L (2024) Willingness to adopt green house gas mitigation measures: Agricultural land managers in the United Kingdom. PLOS ONE, 19 (7). ART: e0306443. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0306443

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Rapid uptake of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation measures is central to reducing agricultural and land use emissions and meeting the UK Net Zero policy. The socioeconomic challenges and barriers to uptake are poorly understood, with yet unclear structural pathways to the uptake of GHG mitigation measures. Using an online survey of 201 agricultural land managers across the UK, and applying multiple linear regression and stepwise regression analysis, this research established farm and farmers’ factors influencing perceptions and willingness to adopt GHG mitigation measures. The results consistently show that farm sector, farmers’ business perception, and labour availability influence willingness to adopt GHG mitigation measures. Based on the farmers’ qualitative feedback, other barriers to adoption include costs and concerns for profitability, lack of flexibility in land tenancy contracts, poor awareness and knowledge of the application of some GHG mitigation measures, perception about market demand e.g bioenergy crops, and scepticism about the future impacts of adopting varying GHG mitigation measures. In the midst of the ongoing net zero transition, this study identifies existing barriers to the uptake of GHG mitigation measures, and specifically, a substantial gap between farmers and the science of GHG mitigation measures and the need to incentivise a farm and farming community-led policy interventions to promote adoption of GHG mitigation measures.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Greenhouse gas; GHG; Greenhouse gas mitigation; Agricultural land management
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.7 Agricultural ecology (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S604.5 Agricultural conservation
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB183 Field crops including cereals, forage, grasses, legumes, root crops, sugar plants, textile plants
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Harry Batchelor
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2024 10:57
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2024 12:24
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/14217

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