Deliberation Topic: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from livestock in the EU

Discussion prompts:

How can the EU tackle greenhouse gas emissions in its livestock sector to help reach 2030 climate targets? The livestock sector is accountable for 81-86% of the total agricultural GHG emissions when production, transport and processing are included. The principal sources of GHGs are enteric fermentation and total manure management. You may use the references listed below to create a more educated discussion.

Issue Stances:

  • Reduction of consumption of livestock products
  • Reduction of food waste
  • Change the setting of production on grassland instead of grain-fed production

Sources that can be used:

  • European Commission (2020). Farm to Fork Strategy: For a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system
  • European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development,Peyraud, J., MacLeod, M. (2020). Future of EU livestock : how to contribute to a sustainable agricultural sector? : executive summary, Publications Office.
  • Mielcarek-Bocheńska, P., & Rzeźnik, W. (2021). Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in EU countries—state and perspectives. Atmosphere, 12(11), 1396.
  • Verschuuren, J. (2022). Achieving agricultural greenhouse gas emission reductions in the EU post-2030: What options do we have?, RECIEL, 31, 246–257.