Climate Proofing Australia

We are working in an alliance with Greening Australia, the Australian Forest Products Association, and Farmers for Climate Action to advance the role of farming, forestry and conservation in meeting Australia’s emissions targets.

This unprecedented cross-sector collaboration seeks to work together to manage
land in ways that increase the resilience of farmers, landscapes and economies to climate change.


The Problem

As the driest inhabited continent in the world, Australia is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. According to our best scientists, we are seeing our average temperatures increase, and changes in rainfall and extreme weather patterns are already translating into pressures on our farmers, native fauna and flora, and water supplies (among other impacts).

We need action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to increase the resilience of our farmers, farming landscapes and natural ecosystems to climate change.


 

The Solution

As managers of nearly 50 per cent of the Australian landmass, farmers and other landholders are directly impacted by climate change … but they also play a key role in protecting Australia’s natural environment.

 


Agriculture has contributed more to reducing GHG emissions than any other sector in the Australian economy since 1990.

The red meat supply chains have played a major role in this through their involvement in the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund. Since the introduction of the Emissions Reduction Fund in 2015, over 80 per cent of emissions reductions contracted to date through the ERF have come from agriculture and land sector projects.

Further opportunities exist to substantively reduce the industry’s GHG footprint, including through carbon sequestration in vegetation and soils with suitable methodologies already approved and further ones under development.

So it isn’t wishful thinking when we say that, with the right policy settings and support, the agriculture, forestry and environmental sectors can work together to significantly reduce Australia’s carbon reduction efforts, while providing great environmental and biodiversity outcomes and boosting economic activity across primary industries.

In fact, the Australian red meat industry is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030. We can’t get there by working in isolation though.

That’s why this cross-sector collaboration in Climate Proofing Australia is so important and exciting.

It will help us reach our Carbon Neutral 2030 goal. And it helps us tell our good climate change story: that good grazing land management can reduce emissions and improve farmer productivity.

Read more about Climate Proofing Australia and its key principles: climateproofingaustralia.com.au

Read more about the red meat industry’s Carbon Neutral 2030 ambition and other work to manage climate change risk at the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework.