On Tuesday, Sinn Féin and the Green Party successfully brought forward an amendment to a climate bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly which changed its headline emissions target to net zero by 2050.

The only impact assessment of a net-zero target for NI was conducted by the consultancy firm KPMG. It found that it will require an 86% reduction in cattle and sheep numbers and that 98% of beef and sheep farms in less favoured areas will go out of business.