During the Devenish sponsored ‘Global Net Zero’ conference session, our expert panel: Dr Elizabeth Magowan, Dr Alexandre Berndt, Dr Polly… more
Global Approach to Net Zero
During the Devenish sponsored ‘Global Net Zero’ conference session, our expert panel: Dr Elizabeth Magowan, Dr Alexandre Berndt, Dr Polly Erickson and Dr Michael Battaglia, conveyed that in order for the industry to achieve its net carbon targets, there must be greater global unity between the sectors and between links in the supply chain.
Devenish were delighted to have been able to sponsor and chair such an important discussion on a topic that is affecting agriculture globally – the numbers at the session reflected that.
There was agreement amongst the panel that the issues within the UK affecting the move to net zero, including the development of new technologies to reduce carbon footprint, the acceleration of the widescale uptake of current and new technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas production, and the need to communicate more effectively with the wider population, were not unique to the UK, or to any specific sector of UK agriculture, but instead are being experienced on a global scale.
Dr Elizabeth Magowan says ‘The UK industry is critical to the health of our economy, society and through decarbonisation will be key in managing land across the UK to improve environmental health. The decarbonisation of the livestock industry will be challenging but scientific innovations in the coming years will enable the achievement of these goals. In our drive to achieve the net zero goal we must avoid unintended consequences and it is vital that science and strategies to achieve net zero are holistic in their approach and outcomes.
‘It is important to recognise that livestock production delivers multiple public goods including improving nutrition and human health, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa,’ comments Dr John Gilliland, Director of Global Agriculture and Sustainability at Devenish.
‘Meeting the 2050 net zero target is going to require the whole industry to work together to drive efficiency and ensure new technologies are used effectively across all sectors, making use of developments from elsewhere in the world.
At the same time, it will be essential that global teams work together to achieve the targets and communicate with society, so they understand the steps taken by the industry to deliver nutritious food whilst protecting the environment.’
Michael Battaglia (CSIRO) also urged that the only way for countries to achieve their carbon reduction targets, was for territories to work together and adopt a global approach ‘Approaches in one country or region can work effectively in other countries so sharing of experiences is crucial if the global issues are to be addressed.’
The panel identified that the development of novel supplements to increase ruminant productivity while cutting methane production and silvopasture, where trees are planted in grazing areas to increase carbon storage while providing shelter for animals, were two examples of advances that can be adopted across the world to help increase the range of technologies available in different territories.
If you weren’t able to attend this session or would like to watch it again, then it can be streamed on the Whova conference platform