Technology key to cutting meat emissions, says Eblex boss
Published:  26 November, 2009

Technology transfer is the key to cutting emissions in the meat production sector rather than “nannying advice”, Eblex sector director Richard Lowe told the Climate Smart Food conference in Copenhagen this week.

Arguing that all EU livestock production systems are capable of improvement in terms of reducing their output of greenhouse gases, he said that publications like Eblex's environmental roadmap will point the way for producers to the win-win situation of lower costs and lower emissions.

Lowe was speaking on The European Meat Chain and the Need for Environmental Leadership, on behalf of the British Meat Processors Association and its EU equivalent UECBV, on Tuesday (Nov 24).

He said that constant attacks on livestock production failed to put into context the positive aspects of the industry’s interaction with the environment, or the significant improvements already made in cutting GHG emissions, which have contributed towards a total agricultural emissions reduction in the EU of 20% between 1990 and 2007.

“Let’s be guided by the science. Technology transfer offers the greatest prospect of making a real difference, rather than nannying advice,” he told delegates.

Change in the Air: The English Beef and Sheep Production Roadmap – Phase 1 will be published by Eblex on November 30.