LEAF and COP26

How is LEAF involved in COP26? Our aims, contributions, commitments and actions. Also, find out how LEAF Education are working with Sainsbury's to help teachers educate students about food, farming and the environment.

LEAF Edu­ca­tion and COP26
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LEAF's ambition is that within the next 5 years, 85% of UK fruit and vegetables will be grown on LEAF Marque certified businesses.

With COP26 occurring in Glasgow, LEAF has the opportunity to take this message to world leaders to help address some of the big targets and ambitions that will be discussed.

The message is clear that we need to work together to adapt and protect communities and natural environments across the globe. With over 30 years of legacy, LEAF has strong building blocks to inspire and enable farmers to be the driving force of change, shaping the future of more sustainable farming. Through LEAF’s vision and mission, we support the delivery of positive action for the climate inspiring more circular approaches to farming and food systems. Together this will enable us to tackle the climate crisis with collaboration between farmers, scientists, governments, environmentalists, businesses, the food industry, teachers, young people and civil society.

What are the big targets at COP26?

1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach

Countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century.

To deliver on these stretching targets, countries will need to:

  • accelerate the phase-out of coal
  • curtail deforestation
  • speed up the switch to electric vehicles
  • encourage investment in renewables

2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats

The climate has always changed and it will continue to do so even as we reduce emissions, with devastating effects.

At COP26 we need to work together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to:

  • protect and restore ecosystems
  • build defences, warning systems and resilient infrastructure and agriculture to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives

3. Mobilise finance

To deliver on the first two goals, developed countries must make good on their promise to mobilise at least $100bn in climate finance per year by 2020.

International financial institutions must play their part and we need work towards unleashing the trillions in private and public sector finance required to secure global net zero.

4. Work together to deliver change

We can only rise to the challenges of the climate crisis by working together.

At COP26 we must:

  • finalise the Paris Rulebook (the detailed rules that make the Paris Agreement operational)
  • accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society.

Our contribution

Our commitments

LEAF has signed up to Race to Zero to reduce our emissions, encouraging our members and other companies to do the same.

LEAF is committed to work with the Bonn Challenge as a Non-State Actor to produce case studies practical approaches to restore landscapes on farm.

Our action:

Work­ing along­side our partners

LEAF works in part­ner­ship with a num­ber of like-mind­ed organ­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment, demon­stra­tion and uptake of more sus­tain­able farming. 

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