The study looked at a range of scenarios to reduce emissions by 70%, focusing on areas such as decarbonisation of the energy used in transport, reductions in emissions from livestock and fertilisers through improved genetics and technological advancements and changes in consumption.
Driscoll said the results should provide a stimulus for debate – and urged the government to stop side-stepping some of the issues, as had been the case in the Defra Food 2030 vision paper.
“It’s refreshing to see the role of sustainable diets discussed and a commitment to defining them within Food 2030. However, in terms of cutting emissions, the government has, once again, focused much of its efforts on production systems and resource efficiency with little recognition of the need to address consumption – the issue of livestock consumption is mentioned but neatly side-stepped under the guise of ‘lack of information’.
“The efforts of producers to cut emissions thus far is welcome, and the new Roadmap produced by Eblex is another step in the right direction. However, long-term, the consumption issue will have to be tackled; consumption changes take many years, which is why we need to be addressing the issue now."