Lack of emissions disclosures among animal protein producers – FAIRR
This should be a red flag to markets given the COP26 commitment to reduce methane 30% globally by 2030.“We cannot deliver the COP26 commitments without addressing the protein supply chain,” Jeremy added.
Global livestock accounts for 14.5% of all anthropogenic (human-influenced) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while making up 44% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, according to FAIRR. Although overall GHG emissions of these companies improved, reporting fewer emission increases than last year (from 35% of companies to 33%), there still remains a lack of target setting and emissions disclosure, according to the index report. Coller added:
The post-COP26 era leaves large parts of the meat and dairy supply chain looking outdated and unattractive. Failures from methane to manure management underline the growing sense in the market that cows are the new coal.”A total of 68% companies are still categorised ‘high risk’ which FAIRR said indicates insufficient target setting and disclosure of emissions in the most intensive aspects of meat production – animal farming, feed production and land-use change. Out of the 60 biggest animal protein producers, only 30% are reporting their scope one, two and three emissions.
Scope one emissions occur directly from sources that are controlled or owned by an organisation including furnaces and vehicles.
Science-based targets are in line with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5°C by reducing a company’s GHG emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change, according to FAIRR. The Protein Producer Index reported that companies increasingly report losses linked to climate change such as higher feed price volatility or increased energy costs. However, 77% of companies provide no disclosure on climate change mitigation or adaptation strategies.