Greenhouse gas mitigation in livestock systems

The livestock sector is both a net greenhouse gas emitter and vulnerable to climate change. At the same time, it is an essential food source for millions of people worldwide.

We estimate greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock. We also identify mitigation options that sustainably intensify livestock production, promote carbon sequestration in rangelands and reduce emissions from manures. Read more about this research by Herrero et al. (2016) in Nature Climate Change and Rivera Ferre et al. (2016).

We also assess the greenhouse gas mitigation potential of carbon policies applied to the ruminant livestock sector with particular emphasis on understanding the adjustment challenges posed by such policies. We show that market-based mitigation policies can greatly amplify the mitigation potential identified in marginal abatement cost studies, by harnessing powerful market forces such as product substitution and trade. Read more about this research by Henderson et al. (2017).

We also consider the contribution of livestock compared with other leading emission sources (forests and crops). Read more about this research by Roman-Cuesta et al. (2016).

Contact Mario Herrero for more information.