LIFE BEEF CARBON - Demonstration actions to mitigate the carbon footprint of beef production in France, Ireland, Italy and Spain

LIFE14 CCM/FR/001125

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Josselin ANDURAND
Tel: 02 22 74 03 84
Email: josselin.andurand@idele.fr

Project description:


Beef production generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting for six per cent of all human-induced emissions. Nevertheless, studies reveal that knowledge gaps exist among beef farmers about the use of innovative practices to reduce GHG emissions. Beef production can also regulate climate through carbon storage in grassland. This dual role confers to livestock farming an important responsibility in the fight against climate change. France, Ireland, Italy and Spain represent 32% of the EU cattle population and a large diversity of livestock production systems.


The LIFE BEEF CARBON project aims to promote innovative livestock farming systems and associated practices to ensure the technical, economic, environmental and social sustainability of beef farms. Project partners will raise awareness among beef production actors and encourage their commitment to improving environmental performance. This will be achieved by:

  • Testing and promoting innovative practices to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration in beef farms;
  • Designing, demonstrating and disseminating innovative advisory approaches in livestock farming, incorporating better environmental issues in order to improve advisory services; and
  • Structuring, building and promoting collective and shared BEEF CARBON action plans in France, Ireland, Italy and Spain.
  • Investigations will not only include climate change mitigation in relation to GHG emissions and carbon storage, but also eco-systemic services and other environmental impacts of livestock farming and socio-economic issues. The project aims to meet its objectives through calculation tools to assess 2 000 demonstration beef farms using different production systems, to evaluate GHG emissions and beef carbon footprints. Decision-making tools will be used by farmers and advisors at farm level, a European database will be used to produce technical and environmental results from beef demonstration farms, and a carbon mitigation plan will be applied and evaluated in 172 innovative beef farms.

    Expected results:

  • Establishment of national BEEF CARBON action plans in France, Italy, Ireland and Spain;
  • Development of an economic and social feasibility analysis for carbon plan implementation at beef production level;
  • A reduction in GHG emissions of 119 000 tonnes equivalent CO2 on the farms involved (methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide abatement in CO2), demonstrating the feasibility of meeting the goal of a 15% reduction over 10 years in the beef carbon footprint of the four participating countries; and
  • Dissemination of the action plans and advisory strategy at European level through through communication tools, websites, farm open days and other project activities.



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors
Climate change Mitigation - Carbon sequestration
Industry-Production - Food and Beverages


Agriculture‚  emission reduction‚  environmental training‚  food production‚  greenhouse gas‚  greenhouse gas accounting

Target EU Legislation

  • Land & Soil
  • COM(2010)672 - The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challeng ...
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • Directive 2009/28 - Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (23.04.2009)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Institut de l'Elevage
Type of organisation National authority
Description The French Livestock Institute (Idele) is a non profit-making, non-governmental organisation accredited by the French Ministry of Agriculture. It is the French national technical reference body for livestock farming systems. Its activities include applied research, technical assistance and technology transfer. Idele enables the French livestock industry to become more competitive, both technically and economically, and compliant with animal welfare, traceability and environmental legislation.
Partners Elev Tarn(Maison de l'Elevage - EDE du Tarn), France ASOPROVAC(ASOPROVAC), Spain CRAMP(Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Midi-Pyrénées), France FEDER(FEDER), France Teagasc(Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Ireland URGO(Unions Régionales du Grand Ouest), France CRAN(Chambre régionale d'Agriculture de Normandie), France CRAPL(Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture des Pays de la Loire), France EILYPS(EILYPS), France ASOPRO CYL(Asoprovac Castilla y Leon), Spain Coop de Fr(Coop de France), France SICAGIEB(SICAGIEB), France CRABret(Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Bretagne), France Litt Nor(Littoral Normand, Syndicat de Contrôle Laitier de la Manche), France Bord Bia(Bord Bia - Irish Food Board), Ireland ECLA(Elevage Conseil Loire Anjou), France UNICARVE(UNICARVE – Associazione allevatori carni bovine), Italy AINTA(ASESORIA INTEGRAL AGROALIMENTARIA SL), Spain SICAREV(SICAREV), France CRABourg(Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Bourgogne), France CEMAC(CEMAC COBEVIAL), France INTERBEV(INTERBEV), France FCEL(France Conseil Elevage), France CRAA(Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture d'Auvergne), France ASPROCARNE(ASPROCARNE PIEMONTE – ORGANIZZAZIONE PRODUTTORI CARNE PIEMONTE), Italy CRA IT.(Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura), Italy


Project reference LIFE14 CCM/FR/001125
Duration 04-JAN-2016 to 31-DEC -2020
Total budget 5,460,512.00 €
EU contribution 3,276,300.00 €
Project location Galicia(España) Asturias(España) Cantabria(España) País Vasco(España) Navarra(España) Rioja(España) Aragón(España) Madrid(España) Castilla-León(España) Castilla-La Mancha(España) Extremadura(España) Cataluña(España) Comunidad Valenciana(España) Baleares(España) Andalucía(España) Murcia(España) Ceuta y Melilla(España) Canarias(España) Île,de,France(France) Champagne-Ardennes(France) Picardie(France) Haute-Normandie(France) Centre(France) Basse-Normandie(France) Bourgogne(France) Nord-Pas-De-Calais(France) Lorraine(France) Alsace(France) Franche-Comté(France) Pays de la Loire(France) Bretagne(France) Poitou-Charentes(France) Aquitaine(France) Midi-Pyrénées(France) Limousin(France) Rhône-Alpes(France) Auvergne(France) Languedoc-Roussillon(France) Provence-Alpes-Côte d' Azur(France) Corse(France) Guadeloupe(France) Martinique(France) Guyane(France) Réunion(France) East(Ireland) South West (IRL)(Ireland) South East (IRL)(Ireland) North East(Ireland) Mid West(Ireland) Donegal(Ireland) Midlands(Ireland) West(Ireland) North West (IRL)(Ireland) Mid East(Ireland) Border(Ireland) Piemonte(Italia) Valle d'Aosta(Italia) Liguria(Italia) Lombardia(Italia) Trentino-Alto Adige(Italia) Veneto(Italia) Friuli-Venezia Giulia(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia) Toscana(Italia) Umbria(Italia) Marche(Italia) Lazio(Italia) Campania(Italia) Abruzzo(Italia) Molise(Italia) Puglia(Italia) Basilicata(Italia) Calabria(Italia) Sicilia(Italia) Sardegna(Italia)


Read more:

Leaflet "Beef Carbon: An action plan to reduce beef carbon ...
Leaflet "LIFE Beef Carbon: un plan d'action pour réduire l ...
Poster "Les fermes laitières et viande bas carbon" (1.56 ...
Poster "Low carbon dairy and beef farms" (1.55 MB)
Project web site Project's website
Project web site - 2 Project's Twitter page
Video link Project's video [EN - 2'31]


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