This independent report assessing the carbon intensity of all UK livestock production systems has identified that currently available technologies cannot deliver even half the industry’s 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal.
Commissioned by CIEL, written by environmental, climate and livestock scientists from eight renowned UK research institutions and endorsed by a further six, the Net Zero Carbon & UK Livestock Report October 2020 is being used to inform the debate about climate change and the role livestock can play to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.
“We wanted the report to review current knowledge and identify areas where there are gaps in our ability to measure or achieve the target reductions in emissions set for UK agriculture. We also wanted to provide benchmarks for the carbon footprint of farmed livestock, hotspots where the greatest emissions occur and where there are opportunities to focus future efforts to reduce emissions.” Lyndsay Chapman, CIEL CEO
Representing current research on greenhouse gas emissions from the main farmed livestock species in the UK, with interpretation and recommendations from leading livestock, environmental and climate scientists.
“The report should be used by all parties in the wider supply chain and policymakers to inform debate and complement the good work already being carried out elsewhere in the sector… the ambition to achieve the UK’s target is huge and known technologies and practices can only get us part of the way.” Dr Elizabeth Magowan, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)