According to a new study by independent scientists, the UK livestock industry faces a huge challenge to achieve the government’s net-zero carbon emission target for 2050.
By using currently available mitigation technology, the livestock industry can potentially decrease emissions by 7.1Mt of carbon dioxide – only 19% of the aspirational carbon reduction target by 2035, the Net Zero Carbon & UK Livestock report concludes.
To deliver the target, agriculture and land use sectors must reduce emissions by 64% – this equates to a decrease of 0.58Mt of carbon dioxide per year between 2018 and 2050.
According to the scientists, major advances in technologies, greater investment, more innovation, improved carbon accounting, collaboration and widespread adoption from farmers will be needed to further reduce emissions by 81% between 2035 and 2050.
Commissioned by the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), the report has been written by independent scientists from eight leading UK universities and institutions and endorsed by a further six.