MNFU President response to Tynwald accepting climate change report

News Release

21st of January 2020


In response to government receiving Professor Currans Climate Change ‘Impact’ report, Tim Johnston, President of the Manx NFU said;


“The Manx National Farmers Union has been clear with its position on Manx farming’s role in tackling climate change. Manx farmers are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

The Manx NFU do support the higher ambition pathway of reaching net zero by 2050.

As part of our commitments to the climate change ‘impact’ report the Manx NFU have commissioned 10 carbon footprint reports which are currently being carried out by an independent consultant on a selection of farms across the Isle of Man.  This is in line with the higher ambition time line to improve emissions data for the agricultural sector. This is work that has never been carried out before on island and will give us our first set of figures not based on assumptions.  These reports will show the actual carbon footprint of a diverse range of farm units.  They will also show the current level of carbon sequestration taking place on each farm, both a carbon sink and a source of greenhouse gasses.

Manx agriculture is uniquely placed to be a key part of the solution to the climate challenge. Our unique landscape and predominantly grass based farming systems enable us to produce high quality local produce, efficiently and sustainably. The Manx NFU are very clear in our ambition to build on this further and lead the way in climate-friendly food production.


Tim Johnston, President Manx National Farmers Union


Contact for interview/information:

Andrew Cooper

General Secretary

Manx National Farmers’ Union

First Floor

Quay House

South Quay



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