Emissions Impossible

October 10th at 9:00am CDT - October 10th at 10:30am CDT

Emissions Impossible Webinar

October 10, 2018 - 10am ET/ 9am CT/ 2pm GMT

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In July, we launched the report, Emissions Impossible. In itIATP and GRAIN jointly produced a first of its kind study that quantifies emissions from 35 of the world's largest meat and dairy companies and scrutinizes their climate plans. What do these companies intend to do to reduce their share of emissions for the world to avoid climate catastrophe?

The short answer: These companies are pursuing growth strategies that will actually increase their emissions, undermining the global effort to mitigate climate change. Join us for a webinar to further understand just what these companies are doing.


Shefali Sharma - Director, IATP Europe

Devlin Kuyek - Senior Researcher, GRAIN


Ben Lilliston, Director of Rural Strategies and Climate Change


Our research shows that:

  • The five largest meat and dairy corporations combined (JBS, Tyson, Cargill, Dairy Farmers of America and Fonterra) are already responsible for more annual greenhouse gas emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP. 
  • The combined emissions of the top 20 meat and dairy companies surpass the emissions from entire nations, such as Germany, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom.
  • Most of the top 35 meat and dairy companies either fail to report emissions entirely, or exclude their supply chain emissions, which account for 80-90 percent of emissions. Only four companies provide comprehensive emissions estimates.
  • Less than half of the top 35 meat and dairy companies have announced any type of emissions reduction targets. Out of these, only six include emissions generated from the supply chain.
  • If the growth of the global meat and dairy industry continues as projected, the livestock sector as a whole could consume 80 percent of the planet's annual greenhouse gas budget by 2050.

These top 35 companies are highly concentrated in a small number of countries that have a disproportionate share of global meat and dairy production and consumption. These countries (the U.S., European nations, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and China) are responsible for more than 60 percent of the emissions from global meat and dairy production - about twice as much as the rest of the world on a per capita basis. Just six of these countries produce more than 67 percent of the world's beef; just three (U.S., E.U. and China) produce 80 percent of the world's pork; only four produce 61 percent of the world's chicken; three (the U.S., E.U. and New Zealand) produce nearly half of the world's dairy.

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