Meeting the net zero challenge
Climate change is impacting every aspect of UK farming and the livestock food production supply chain. In order to address and move to more sustainable methods of farming and delivery, we are faced with a huge challenge over the coming decades to reduce emissions.
To achieve the UK Government’s net zero carbon emission target for 2050, the agriculture and land sectors will need to reduce their current emissions by 64%. That’s a decrease of 0.58Mt of carbon dioxide per year between 2018 and 2050.*
This means that advances in technology, greater investment, innovation, improved carbon accounting, collaboration and widespread on-farm adoption will all form part of our approach. Carbon reduction, however, is not our only challenge and needs to be addressed alongside animal welfare, biodiversity and supporting our rural communities.
We first commissioned a report by independent scientists from eight leading UK universities and institutions and endorsed by a further six.
Read our first ground-breaking report, *Net Zero Carbon & UK Livestock October 2020 and our subsequent updates below.
Our most recent report ‘Net Zero & Livestock: How farmers can reduce emissions’ has been commissioned by CIEL is now available to read, published April 2022.
You can also keep up to date with innovation via our CIEL latest news articles, our impact through our projects and case studies, plus, meet the research scientists who, together with our producers, innovators and retailers are taking on the net zero challenge for the UK’s livestock sector.