At this weeks Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said he is receiving a “very positive response” in Brussels to a joint Irish-German plan, which could introduce a new way of calculating how greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced in the agriculture sector.

Minister Coveney stated that 10% of EU emissions came from the agricultural sector but that it was 30% in Ireland’s case. The European Union is currently drafting an emissions reduction plan, which will run from 2020 to 2030.

Minister Coveney confirmed that the plan had secured support from 15 other EU member states.