Climate Risk Overview
The impact of intensive animal agriculture is underrepresented in existing climate change engagement efforts despite its critical role in the global transition to Net Zero by 2050. The risks from livestock production range from greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change, air pollution from ammonia emissions, and nature and biodiversity-related risks from deforestation and land conversion to livestock pasture and animal feed. Most of the deforestation and land conversion happens in high-value ecosystems such as deforested lands in the Amazon and the Cerrado where over half of the region has been converted to livestock pasture and animal feed crops such as soybeans.
Although risks remain high, opportunities are emerging from improved farm management practises, supply chain innovation, new technologies, and blended finance mechanisms that allow companies to mitigate and adapt to climate change and other environmental risks in their global animal value chains.
FAIRR’s work on climate risk encompasses the Protein Producer Index, which assesses 60 of the largest listed global meat, dairy and aquaculture companies while our Climate Risk Tool quantifies the financial impact of climate change. These tools and resources enable investors to make informed decisions on minimising climate and environmental risks across their investment portfolios.
FAIRR's recent Investor Statement, which called on the UN FAO to deliver a climate transition roadmap, was supported by investors representing $18 trillion in combined assets. Our efforts led to confirmation by the UN FAO that a roadmap for the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector, aligning with 1.5C by 2050, will be produced. FAIRR is working closely with the UN FAO to support the production of this roadmap.