Canada has set a target to reduce methane emissions by 35% by 2030 compared to 2020 levels. Approximately 30% of the country’s total methane emissions stem from the agricultural sector, with beef and dairy cattle accounting for nearly all of these emissions. Canada plays a significant role as a beef exporter, and the potential additional expenses associated with methane emission reductions could impact its competitiveness in the global market. This raises the critical question of whether we can concurrently ensure the profitability of our ranches while mitigating emissions.
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Canada is committed to reducing Nitrous Oxide (N2O) emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030, with the ultimate goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. However, achieving these targets raises concerns about the potential impact on the cost and competitiveness of Canadian agri-food products in the global market. This prompts the question of whether it is possible to meet both the objectives of feeding food for Canadians and the growing global population while simultaneously reducing emissions.
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Did you know that Canada is the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products? The sector contributes over $135 billion to the country’s GDP and employs over 2.1 million Canadians. However, the division of responsibilities between the federal and provincial governments can be confusing and complex, which leads to challenges for farmers, industry stakeholders, and consumers alike.
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Every year, in April, Canada submits its National Inventory Report (NIR) on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In 2022, all economic sectors posted a decline in GHG emissions between 2005 and 2020, except for agriculture, where emissions slightly increased.
Tuesday, May 02, 2023
On May 29, 2023, Alberta will elect a new provincial government. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the policy landscape leading up to the general election. We will discuss important legislation executed by the last two governments that held office and how they prioritized their spending for agriculture. We will also present findings of the survey recently conducted by the Simpson Centre to study how the priorities for producers in Alberta align with differing policy perspectives announced by major political parties.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
In the agri-food system, we must consider a variety of options to help meet net-zero emission targets. Agri-businesses have a variety of ways to report sustainability measurements to consumers, shareholders, and trading partners. Some companies are assessing and reporting on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) impacts. Another popular strategy is to develop globally relevant sustainability benchmarks that address transparency concerns about how agri-food is produced and supplied.
On the demand side, Carbon Footprint (CF) labelling is another way to assist consumers in making more sustainable choices and in reducing consumption-based emissions by pushing the demand for sustainability and efficiencies in production and supply chains
In this webinar, we’ll explore sustainability indices, as well as carbon footprint labelling to consider whether these initiatives are helping us to deliver on our climate change commitments.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023