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How red meat is striving to be carbon neutral by 2030 

The Australian red meat and livestock industry's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30), ahead of most other industries in Australia and around the world.

CN30 means the Australian red meat and livestock industry will make no net release of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere by 2030, as measured by the Australian Government’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGHGI). The industry aims to achieve this by reducing emissions from grazing management, lot feeding and processing, and increasing carbon storage in soils and vegetation.

Is it possible for red meat to be carbon neutral by 2030?

According to CSIRO, it is possible for the industry to achieve CN30, without reducing herd and flock numbers below current levels. By improving productivity, increasing soil carbon and reducing emissions, a carbon neutral future can be a reality. Already, GHG emissions from the the red meat and livestock industry have fallen by 53.22% since 2005, with improvements continuing to be made across farms, feedlots and processors.

In fact, Australia’s sheep meat sector, despite having increased production over the past 30 years, is already ‘climate neutral’, which means it doesn’t make any additional contribution to global temperature increases.

What’s the industry doing to achieve CN30?

The Australian Red Meat Industry’s Carbon Neutral by 2030 (CN30) Roadmap sets out how the industry will proactively address emissions and become a global leader in sustainable food production. The initiatives include:

  • Improvements in feeding practices (better pastures, new types of food, more grains)
  • Improved ways of handling manure
  • Improved genetics and animal management
  • Storing carbon in the land
  • Using high-quality feed to improve productivity and reduce emissions.

Many of Australian farmers are already seeing the benefits of getting their business CN30 ready. Hear from Dunkeld Pastoral on what they’re doing to achieve CN30:

 

 

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