Climate Metrics

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Cattle Council is taking a lead to ensure the government and industry use the most accurate measurement when calculating the impact animal agriculture has on climatic warming.

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, signatory nations must use a model known as Global Warming Potential-100 (GWP100) - which compares the global warming impacts of different gases relative to carbon dioxide and averages it over a century.

Cattle Council is bringing together industry, government and the scientific community to also assess the alternative Global Warming Potential-Star (GWP*) model, which considers the warming impact of carbon emissions from year to year. 

For more informaiton on Cattle Council's climate policies and the assessment of the alternative climate metric, email

Media Releases

Scientists assess methane measures - 22 June 2020

Time to find the best science for measuring methane - 3 June 2020

In the Press

Scientists weigh up alternative methane measuring - Farm Online, 23 June 2020

Modelling used to calculate the impact of beef on climate change questioned - Country News, 18 June 2020

Call to review cattle’s contribution to global warming (Subcription required) - Weekly Times, 17 June 2020

Beef's push for new methane measuring gains momentum - Farm Weekly, 16 June 2020

Cattle Council president calls for a scientific assessment - The Rural, 9 June 2020

Scientists lock horns over climate change impact of cattle - Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2020

Cattle producers want best science for measuring methane - Farm Online, 3 June 2020

Time to find the best science for measuring methane: Cattle Council - Beef Central, 3 June 2020


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