ALFA CARBON NEUTRALITY
RESOURCE HUB

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association in partnership with the red meat and livestock industry has set the ambitious target to be Carbon Neutral by 2030 (CN30).

The Australia Feedlot sector has an active commitment to environmental stewardship, through initiatives such as the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Our support in creating a carbon neutral industry, enables ongoing trust and support for the red meat and livestock industry but most importantly, will support a resilient and sustainable feedlot sector into the future.

 

Our Feedlot Carbon Neutral Hub will provide you all the tools you need to know about what it means to be carbon neutral, tools to help reduce carbon emissions and how to go about registering your business as carbon neutral.

Resources for Lot Feeders

MOVING TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRALITY – OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN FEEDLOT INDUSTRY:  TECHNICAL MANUAL

This Technical Manual investigates opportunities in carbon neutrality to assist lot feeders and grainfed beef brand owners in decision-making and business planning. The Manual covers everything from tools to reduce methane output to conducting carbon footprints of your business to understand emissions profiles.

THE AUSTRALIAN FEEDLOT INDUSTRY AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

The CN30 target means that by 2030, Australian beef, lamb, and goat production, including lot feeding and meat processing, will make no net release of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere. This factsheet explores the primary green house gas emissions produced in livestock industries and how they are produced.

FEEDLOT EMISSIONS IN DETAIL

The primary greenhouse gas from feedlot cattle is methane that is released into the atmosphere via belching. This factsheet explores the carbon footprint for different feeding programs and understand where majority of emissions are being produced on your site.

HOW CAN FEEDLOTS REDUCE EMISSIONS?

The feedlot sector is incredibly well positioned to support the reduction of emissions. This factsheet explores technologies which can be easily incorporated into your business to support the reduction of emissions.

ACCOUNTING FOR GREENHOUSE GASES (GHGS) IN A FEEDLOT

Carbon accounting is the process used to determine the net inflow (sequestration) or out flow of GHG emissions of an operation, on an annual basis. Conducting carbon accounting will allow companies to determine their carbon footprints. Some businesses after determining their carbon footprint are electing to implement reduction targets as part of their corporate sustainability strategies or even developing carbon neutral brands and testing the market premiums available in domestic and global markets.

CLIMATE ACTIVE CARBON NEUTRAL CERTIFICATION

To become a certified carbon neutral business, you are required register with the Australian Governments, Climate Active program. Climate Active certifies businesses that have credibly reached a state of carbon neutrality by measuring, reducing, and offsetting their carbon emissions.

CASE STUDY: DEVELOPING A CARBON NEUTRAL BRAND

This case study investigates the development of a carbon neutral brand and is modelled on a feedlot with 10,000 head on feed at any one time.

FEEDLOT ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND COST REDUCTION

Energy efficiencies or renewable energy technologies are a great way to reduce fossil fuels and support our carbon neutrality ambitions. In 2019, MLA published a report on Feedlot Energy Efficiency and Cost Reduction.

EXPLORING FEEDLOT ENERGY
 

WEBINAR RECORDING

The webinar focuses on understanding the technologies available to improve water and energy usage and efficiency on feedlots, including:

  • Making the Most of Energy Sources

  • Exploring Thermal Energy & How to Improve Cost Efficiencies

  • Advancements in Boilers & Energy

ALFA encourages Lot Feeders to consider activities to improve energy efficiencies to support the sectors carbon neutrality ambitions.