CASE STUDY: Illuminating the implications of land use for the Committee on Climate Change

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Project background

Studies of future land-use change suggest that there will be increased demand for land for bioenergy and food crops, but also for wider societal requirements such as housing, flood defence and natural capital. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) wanted to understand the implications of land-use change for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

CASE STUDY: Illuminating the implications of land use for the Committee on Climate Change

Actions taken

  • Developed a conceptual framework for assessing land use for agriculture, forestry and semi-natural habitats from a climate change mitigation and adaptation perspective.
  • Undertook a desk-based review of datasets, drivers and models.
  • Conducted a stakeholder workshop to explore the pathways to a net-zero emissions scenario from UK agriculture and land-use post-2050 and how land allocation (and impacts) might be modelled. 


As a result of ADAS’s report, the CCC were able to understand how UK land use is likely to change in the future and the implications of changes in land use for mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change.

The CCC used this report to provide reliable and accurate advice and analysis to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. The final CCC report can be viewed in full on the CCC website.

Trust ADAS to support you with advice on land-use change and climate implications

All crops and livestock products require land for their production. ADAS provides services to assess the area of land required to produce agricultural raw materials. Once land use requirements are identified we can support in identification of ways to reduce land requirements. This might be through sustainable intensification of production, yield enhancement or adjusting sourcing locations. We use a combination of GIS mapping and knowledge of production practices to evaluate changing land use and availability.

Climate Resilience is the capacity to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant climate threats. ADAS helps organisations to assess their vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather. This enables the prioritisation of actions and the implementation of adaptation plans.

ADAS can help your organisation develop and implement practical strategies in land-use change climate resilience.

We also offer Measuring and Modelling of GHG Emissions and Climate Change Mitigation.


Charles Ffoulkes

More information

For further details about this case study, and to see how we can help you, please contact:

Charles Ffoulkes: Associate Director – Sustainable Food and Farming, ADAS


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