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Life Beef Carbon

Reduce beef carbon footprint by 15% by 2025 in France, Ireland, Italy and Spain

List of participants will be added in due course

Lead Organisations

Institut de L'Elevage


The project goals to develop a BEEF CARBON ACTION PLAN, aimed at reducing beef carbon footprint by 15% over 10 years in 4 major and contrasting countries producing beef in Europe: France, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

The objectives of the initiative concern:
1. Inventory of existing methodologies and practices, information sharing, harmonization, building a common GHG assessment methodology, updating advisory tools to allow comparison.
2. Construction of a common beef carbon framework composed of innovative practices aiming at reducing GHG emissions and increasing carbon sequestration,
3. Training advisers (national and regional) and innovative farmers involved in the project, to build a common knowledge,
4. Creating a LIFE BEEF CARBON demonstrative farm observatory composed of 2,000 beef farms, taking part in the 1st beef carbon assessment actions operated at such a large scale, covering several production contexts,
5. Construction of a network of 172 innovative farms to test/apply/promote innovative techniques to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon storage. Development, monitoring and promotion of beef farms with a low carbon footprint,
6. Establishment of national/EU carbon awareness and mobilization based on a EU beef carbon farmers’ network, allowing exchanges between farmers and advisers in the 4 countries, and a feedback from farmers on the acceptability/feasibility of the BEEF CARBON ACTION PLANS relying on the innovative techniques tested at farm level,
7. Development of national French/Irish/Italian/Spanish BEEF CARBON ACTION PLANS, and a relevant partnership strategy for other national and UE levels. These ACTION PLANS will demonstrate to the beef value chains the interest and feasibility of this approach aiming at reducing the beef carbon footprint by 15% in 10 years.

Roadmap and work plan

• Elaborating and sharing a common EU BEEF CARBON framework
• Developing carbon tools to evaluate GHG emissions, beef carbon footprint and decision making tools used by farmers and advisors at farm level,
• Assessing GHG emissions on 2,000 demonstrative beef farms, corresponding to different production systems (different livestock, crops, grassland management, soil types, weather conditions…) and creating a European database and farms observatory in 4 countries.

• According to the results in the innovative and demonstrative farms, identifying technics of mitigation of the GES.
• Applying a carbon mitigation plan in innovative beef farms
• Building a European network including 150 advisers and 172 innovative farmers
• Doing an economic and social feasibility analysis for carbon plan implementation at beef production level

• Creating 4 BEEF CARBON ACTION PLANS for France, Italy, Ireland and Spain, describing the technical mitigation action plans and the advisory strategy to develop at national/European level


- Opening of a LIFE BEEF CARBON website with resources to sensibilize farmers and technicians.
- Achievement of a comparison analysis of the existing tools on various systems of beef production. Construction of 5 study cases per country representing the diversity of the existing farms. Then each tool have been tested on the pool of the 20 study cases. The tools tested are: CAP’2ER for France and Italy, NAIA for Spain, Carbon Audit for Ireland.
- Simultaneously we also adapted and tested CAP’2ER on a consistent sample of existing French farms. This test on real farms (and farmers) is mandatory in order to have a tool that suit perfectly the diversity of systems existing in France and the datas available in most of the french farms.
- Constitution of the farms samples representative of the countries beef production. Identification of the number of farms to be assessed per type of system and per cattle system for both demonstrative farms and innovative farms.

Quantitative Impact


The project has not been yet deployed on the farms with mitigation plans. But the tools are ready to monitor on the farms the quantitative impacts of the innovative “low carbon” adaptation practices.


The project has not been yet deployed on the farms with mitigation plans. But the tools are ready to monitor on the farms the quantitative impacts of the LIFE BEEF CARBON project.


The project has not been yet deployed on the farms. We will follow this financial indicator starting with the first farms assessments.


Jean Baptiste DOLLE, Chef du service Environnement-Bâtiment, Institut de l’Élevage (IDELE), 54-56 avenue Roger Salengro - BP 80039 - 62051 St Laurent Blangy

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