Livestock emissions are the elephant in the room at COP23

By Rosie Wardle. Huffington Post, 1st November 2017.


Next week global leaders will descend on Bonn for the COP23 talks to discuss how to keep the world on track to achieve the 2015 Paris Agreement; namely, limiting global warming to below two degrees.

At the heart of these talks is each country’s plan to reduce its emissions, formally known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The INDCs single out 79 different industries, yet from America to Australia not a single developed country includes a concrete plan to tackle livestock emissions.

Given that the livestock sector is responsible for approximately 14.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), more than the entire transport sector, it is essential that this sector does not become the elephant in the room in Bonn. The world needs a firm plan to reduce emissions from the livestock sector.