Methane, a potent greenhouse gasoline, is the second largest contributor to local weather change after carbon dioxide. Lowering methane emissions is among the principal precedence initiatives of the European Inexperienced Deal and important for reaching 2030 local weather targets and 2050 climate-neutrality objectives. The EU can also be one of many instigators of the World Methane Pledge adopted at COP26 in Glasgow, which commits its signatories to 30% methane reductions by 2030 (in comparison with 2020 baseline).
Most of anthropogenic methane emissions come from the agriculture, power and waste sectors. Within the EU, the livestock sector is answerable for 53% of methane emissions. Nonetheless, there are at present no legislative measures in place to drive reductions from that sector. The EU Methane Regulation, revealed in December 2021, focuses completely on power.
Civil society voices have known as for a renewed concentrate on tackling methane emissions from the livestock sector. Efforts to scale back methane emissions within the power and waste sectors alone won’t suffice to fulfill formidable targets set by the European Inexperienced Deal and World Methane Pledge. Measures out there vary from higher regulation of enormous meat and dairy firms and technical measures to insurance policies driving reductions in meat and dairy manufacturing and consumption.
Be part of this EURACTIV Hybrid Convention to debate how the EU can deal with methane emissions in its livestock sector to assist attain 2030 local weather targets and commitments made beneath the World Methane Pledge. Inquiries to be mentioned embody:
– enhance the present legislative framework to deal with methane emissions within the livestock sector?
– encourage the sector to maneuver in the direction of extra sustainable and low GHG meals manufacturing?
– Which coverage measures are prone to yield most methane reductions?
– How finest to mix authorities insurance policies, giant firm rules, and particular person life-style decisions to provide one of the best ends in decreasing methane emissions?
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