CIEL & BSAS Net Zero Carbon: Meeting UK Livestock Targets - Session 3: Creating Net Zero Systems & Closing remarks

Session 3: Creating Net Zero Systems

Closing remarks

On the 3rd of December the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) and the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), joined forces to bring you a day of lively and informative debate, on the topic of meeting UK livestock net zero carbon targets.

Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge currently facing our planet and the way we live. Addressing this will require concerted and coordinated efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. Farmed livestock are one source of such emissions. Achieving net zero carbon requires a strong consensus on where the industry is currently and a clear understanding of the areas which can contribute the most towards achieving this ambition.

Reducing the environmental footprint of livestock production and adapting our livestock production systems to the changing climate to support global food security is possible. But we need to identify the most effective solutions to each problem and implement these solutions via strong political will and action at both a local and global scale.

This will be a unique opportunity to learn about, and discuss with experts in the field, meeting UK livestock net zero carbon targets, while expanding your relevant network and developing new partnerships.



  • Michael Lee, Harper Adams University | Welcome and Introduction
  • David Kennedy, Director General for Food, Farming and Biosecurity, DEFRA | Vision of the future and the policies that will help to deliver it
  • Mark Young, CIEL | Net Zero Livestock: A brief introduction: Why we farm animals? How and where we should farm animals?
  • Chris Reynolds, University of Reading | Resilient feeding for reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Alison Van Eenennaam, UC Davis | Producing more from less: the role of the efficient animal.
  • Michael Marsden, AB Agri | Applied solutions for net carbon animals.
  • Bob Rees, SRUC | Carbon sequestration at livestock farms and production systems.
  • Andrew Dowsey, University of Bristol | Smart livestock.
  • Alasdair Sykes, Trinity Agtech | Applied solutions for net zero carbon in livestock farms.
  • Tom Misselbrook, Rothamsted Research | Predict, measure and report greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.
  • Jude Capper, Harper Adams University | Strategies to inform decision making on dairy and meat supply chain.
  • Henry Clifford & Miriam Harrison, Agri Climate Group, DEFRA | Farming for net zero.
  • Anne Richmond, Moy Park | Applied solutions for net zero carbon in the supply chain.

Find out more about the speakers here.


Organising Committee

  • David Kenny, Teagasc
  • Lyndsay Chapman, CIEL
  • Maggie Mitchell, BSAS
  • Mark Young, CIEL
  • Melanie Le Bon, Mars Petcare
  • Michael Lee, Harper Adams University
  • Sokratis Stergiadis, University of Reading


Event sponsored and supported by CIEL

For more information please download the information leaflet here. 

If you are on the Accreditation register attendence at this webinar is worth 8 CPD points.