Pig industry exceeds GHG targets

The pig industry has already far exceeded its 2020 targets for carbon footprint reductions, according to farming minister George Eustice.

The new report revealed figures beyond expectations and the updates of the Bpex Roadmap, which was published two years ago.

It showed that the reduction in climate change potential of 26%, achieved to date, amounts to 800,000 tonnes of CO2-eq in 2012 compared to 2008.

Bpex chairman Stewart Houston said: “It is with a great deal of satisfaction – but a total absence of complacency – that I can report outstanding progress to date.

Of the improvements we forecast would be achieved by 2020 in the four key environmental impact categories identified, climate change potential has already been exceeded; eutrophication has almost been met and we are already more than halfway to achieving our goals in the other two categories, acidification and abiotic resource depletion – all after only two years.”

Composition of pig feed delivered the greatest single contribution to the reduction in carbon footprint and there have been significant improvements in eutrophication, acidification and resource depletion four years into the project.

“This is an outstanding achievement by any measure and particularly commendable in the economic climate currently challenging all agricultural sectors. That said, many of the ways in which we are reducing our impact on the environment also deliver production efficiencies for produce.”

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