The road to carbon neutral red meat by 2030

Environmental SustainabilityLivestock Emissions

The Australian red meat industry has made a bold commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 – the first in the world to do so.

“Achieving this goal will put Australia head and shoulders above its competitors”, said former MLA Managing Director Richard Norton. “It will help us meet consumer demands, and give even more confidence in the quality and integrity of Australian red meat”.

Since 2017, MLA has been working to identify pathways to achieving carbon neutrality. Working with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), we have identified a range of methods, including expanded use of legumes and dung beetles in pastures, savannah fire management, feed supplements, efficient feedlotting, and vegetation management. MLA continues to fund research into carbon neutrality, and provides tools for farmers to implement sustainable practices across Australia.

Supplementing this work is the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, launched by the industry in 2017. In its first year, the framework established an expert panel to define key indicators, set six priority action areas, and hold a high-level stocktake of activity across the value chain. It also funded AUD $35 million of research into carbon neutrality.

Over 80 groups including government, policy organisations, industry, NGOs, researchers, retailers, banks, and investors contributed to the development of the framework.

For more information, check out the latest Framework annual report:

ABSF 2018 Australian Beef Sustainability Annual Update
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