The Ireland South MEP said Europe needs to ensure other big emitters follow the efficiency of EU member states at the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.
He was addressing a ‘Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture’ debate in the EU Parliament in Brussels.
“Europe has some of the most efficient processes in the world, both industrial and agricultural. It would be unacceptable for us to go to Paris and accept anything less than a global agreement,” said Mr Kelly.
“Agriculture is key to spreading the recovery throughout Ireland. Our grassland system creates lower emissions making our sector far more sustainable than others globally.
"We should promote how sustainable intensification of food production contributes to GHG mitigation, to food security, and to preserving the job creation it brings in countries such as our own.”