Project background

All crops and livestock products require land for their production. 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.

Actions taken

Our consultants:

  • 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.

Contact for more information

To learn more, contact Charles Ffoulkes, or visit our Climate change and net zero webpage.