Pig industry tackles carbon footprint

THE pig industry expressed its desire to ‘fully participate’ in the environmental debate with the launch of two reports to tackle its carbon footprint today (Wednesday, December 2).

The first report, Scoping Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Production, estimates the environmental impacts of pork production and identifies opportunities for improvement.

The second, Pigs and the Environment, looks at how the British Pig Executive (Bpex) can work to enhance the environmental sustainability of pork production.

Both reports were presented to top civil servants, academics and senior industry figures at the Royal Society in London.

Chris Lamb, Bpex head of marketing, said the environmental impact of pork tended to be lower than beef and lamb, but that the industry must still work to improve its footprint.  

“The pig industry is determined to participate fully in the environmental debate and play its part in reducing GHG emissions.

“The English pig industry has already taken major steps to improve efficiency and, as a consequence, cut carbon and other environmental impacts,” he said, but added more should be done.

“The launch of these two reports is only the start and we are looking forward to tackling the challenges of engaging on this subject and cutting the industry’s impact on the environment.”

The industry intends to develop a ‘Pork Roadmap’ with Defra early next year to advise the pig industry on how to improve efficiencies and cut its carbon footprint.

The Pork Roadmap will compliment similar initiatives already underway in the beef, sheep and dairy sectors.

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