The Spanish livestock-meat sector is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions derived from its activity by 30%, as part of its commitment to move towards environmental neutrality and compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
To achieve these objectives, of which 50% correspond to reductions in methane, the six interprofessional organizations in the sector (Asici, Avianza, Intercun, Interovic, Interporc and Provacuno), will invest 600 million euros in the field of production animal and 542 in the meat industries, which include other goals such as improving energy efficiency, manure management operations, slurry and sewage sludge, and feeding and enteric fermentation of livestock.
This entire plan forms an important part of a strategic sector project linked to European funds, which will mobilize investments of more than 5,054 million euros to increase its environmental sustainability and its capacity for innovation, contributing to the recovery and economic transformation of our country.
1,689 companies and farmers participate in this project , of which 73.6% are SMEs, together with technological partners in the fields of circular economy, renewable energies and digitization.
The objective includes a total of 529 investment proposals related to the reduction of greenhouse gases, 724 proposals to reduce ammonia emissions in facilities, 220 proposals focused on reducing emissions in transport and 110 on other aspects related to the sustainability.
In addition to the ambitious objectives in terms of reducing greenhouse gases, especially methane, the livestock-meat chain contemplates the reduction of ammonia emissions from the facilities of the sectors included in an average value of 28% together with 6% in the industry.
Likewise, energy consumption in farms and meat industries will also be reduced by 38% and 22%, respectively, with the projects undertaken.
The water footprint per kilogram of final product will also be reduced by an average value of 18%, as a result of the reduction in water consumption after the automation and robotization of processes, the control of leaks and water leaks due to the modernization of facilities and water supply systems, as well as operations associated with the reuse and recovery of water for cleaning operations, supplying livestock or irrigating crops.
Lastly, feed consumption will drop by 15%, which in turn will lead to a reduction in GHG and ammonia emissions. And the consumption of other raw materials will also be reduced by 23% in livestock facilities and by 18% in meat industries.