Agricultural emissions to rise 4%

30th July 2021

Web p5 agricultural emissions istock 1201461261

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Pollution & Waste Management



Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.

The need to curb emissions while feeding the world is expected to be one of the greatest challenges for the sector, with demand for agricultural commodities forecast to grow at 1.2% per year by 2030. Consumers in middle-income countries are projected to increase food intake most significantly, while diets in low-income countries will remain largely unchanged.

The report also warns that COVID-19 has moved the world further away from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and calls for “urgent attention” to the forces driving performance in agri-food systems. It explains how large-scale implementation of climate-smart production processes will be needed to mitigate emissions, especially in the livestock sector.

Read the full report at

Image credit: iStock

Transform articles

Tom Pashby considers who should control our precious water resources

Water is an increasingly stressed resource. Despite covering more than 70% of the planet, only a tiny fraction is available as fresh, clean drinking water.

28th September 2023

Read more

The UK government and water regulators may have broken the law over untreated sewage discharges made last year, the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has said today.

12th September 2023

Read more

A total of 25 countries – home to a quarter of the global population – face extremely high water stress each year, regularly using up almost their entire available renewable supply.

17th August 2023

Read more

A one-day conference, organised by community interest company Climate Action North, is showcasing some of the extensive work taking place to restore and conserve the seas and oceans.

1st August 2023

Read more

We need to embrace the spirit of the pioneers of the water sector and planning to enable new models that challenge the status quo, says Sandra Norval

1st June 2023

Read more

Water companies could be hit with “unlimited fines” for polluting the environment under a new plan unveiled by the UK government today.

4th April 2023

Read more

As PFAS seep into the public consciousness (and bloodstream), Chris Seekings reports on what’s being done to regulate them

30th March 2023

Read more

World-renowned urban designer and town planner Dr Wei Yang tells Chris Seekings how we can design our cities so that they are more sustainable and inclusive for future generations

30th March 2023

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert