It warns fundamental reform is needed so land can store more carbon and to cut emissions from agriculture, as well as deliver other benefits from the land such as clean water, boosting wildlife and improving productivity from richer soils.
Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: "The new target for Manchester to be a zero carbon city by 2038 is challenging, but it is clear that going further is necessary if we are to play our full part in limiting the future impacts of climate change".
"Land use policy is going to have to be fundamentally different than it has been since the war", he warned, saying the new Agriculture Bill drawn up as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union must carry numerous needed measures.
Land is a critical natural resource, but past policies governing the use of United Kingdom land have been fragmented and incomplete.More news: Tamil Nadu CM says cyclone Gaja claimed 13 lives, announces compensation
Support should be provided to help land managers transition to alternative land uses. "We must ensure our use of land helps to reduce the emissions that are warming our atmosphere".
It adds the supply of sustainable biomass harvested from United Kingdom sources should also increase.
"Our 25 Year Environment Plan commits us to improving the resilience of our infrastructure, housing and natural environment against climate change, and our forthcoming Environment Bill will build on this vision".More news: Spain to allow Kosovan athletes to use flag, anthem
The report, which follows recent worldwide reports stressing the importance of making rapid reductions in global carbon emissions, outlines that all of the city's sectors will need to greatly reduce their carbon emissions, if the target is to be met. "Anaerobic digestion (AD) plants produce nutrient-rich, natural fertiliser that helps to restore organic matter and NPK and lock carbon into soils, and the AD industry would like to see greater recognition from government of how this can help to improve the health of the UK's soils".
"We strongly support the CCC's findings, which show the important role of biomass in the UK's long-term energy system". "Crucially, they point out that trying to combat climate change without biomass would be harder and more expensive". This should go alongside planting energy crops on low-quality land.
On Nov. 15, the U.K. Committee on Climate Change published a report on biomass that has determined sustainably sourced biomass feedstocks can play a fundamental role in decarbonizing the U.K. economy.
"The potential for biofuels beyond the electricity sector is also set to grow as the United Kingdom heads towards a net-zero emissions economy".More news: Beware - those cool summer milkshakes can contain 39 teaspoons of sugar
"This is a wake-up call for a complacent government that we must completely transform the way we use land, to avoid climate breakdown and make space for nature".