June 4, 2020


Cattle Council of Australia wants scientific assessment for calculating beef's impact on climate change


The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) calls for a full scientific assessment of modeling in calculating beef's impact on climate change and the alternative Global Warming Potential (GWP) model, CCA reported.


Tony Hegarty, CCA president said it is important that the best available science is used to measure cattle-produced methane on climate change, especially as the broader red meat industry has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.


He said government-backed scientific assessments should consider both models.


Hegarty said the current GWP100 model measures methane's impact against carbon dioxide and averages the results over 100 years, adding that carbon-dioxide emissions remain in the atmosphere for thousands of years, but methane emissions deplete by the 12th year.


He said the alternative GWP model could give an accurate result of methane's impact on climate change, as it measures current emissions and subtracts the impact of methane that has been broken down.


He added that beef producers, which manage 79% of agriculture land in Australia, know that they have an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He said producers will work with the government and the community in reducing its impact on climate change.


-      Cattle Council of Australia