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Resource Efficiency & Climate

Priority 5: Promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors

In all economic sectors, ’smart‘ and ’sustainable‘ growth must look after scarce resources. Agriculture must use energy and water more efficiently (farms account for about 24 % of total EU water abstractions) while cutting its emissions of greenhouse gases and sequestering carbon. Farming and other rural sectors can supply essential raw materials for use in the bio-economy.

Areas of Intervention:

  • Increasing efficiency in water use by agriculture
  • Increasing efficiency in energy use in agriculture and food processing
  • Facilitating the supply and use of renewable sources of energy, by-products, wastes, residues and other non-food raw materials for the bio-economy
  • Reducing nitrous oxide and methane emissions from agriculture
  • Fostering carbon sequestration in agriculture and forestry