Assocarni: inclusion of the beef sector in the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive is unacceptable
On 16 March 2023, the European Environment Council meets, during which the Swedish Presidency would like to include the cattle sector in the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive
15, Mar 2023
On 16 March 2023, the European Environment Council meets, during which the Swedish Presidency would like to include the cattle sector in the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive.
Assocarni, which represents the bovine, ovine and equine supply chain in Confindustria, asked the Minister of the Environment and Energy Security Gilberto Pichetto Fratin and the Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry Francesco Lollobrigida that our country take a firm stance against the inclusion of the bovine sector in the scope of the IED directive.
It is unacceptable that a sector such as the Italian cattle sector, which presides over 40% of the national rural territory and contributes to fighting depopulation and the degradation of inland areas, can be assimilated to any fossil industry, said Assocarni Director General François Tomei. ISPRA's 2020 data,' Tomei continued, 'show that emissions from Italian cattle breeding weigh just 5% of the total (compared to the world average of 14.5% - FAO data), to which must be added the increase in carbon sequestration made by the areas in which cattle breeding is practised. Moreover, the methane carbon emitted by ruminal fermentations resides in the atmosphere for just 11.5 years, to be then reabsorbed by plants in a biological cycle, compared to the fossil origin of the carbon emitted by industrial companies' fuels, which on the contrary accumulates in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, causing its warming.
"On the food sovereignty front, then," Tomei concludes, "if it is decided to include the beef sector in the FDI directive, the competitiveness of the Italian beef supply chain, already 49% in deficit, would be further compromised by an increase in meat imports from third countries.