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

Reference: LIFE14 CCM/FR/001125 | Acronym: LIFE BEEF CARBON



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.


    Reference: LIFE14 CCM/FR/001125
    Start Date: 04/01/2016
    End Date: 31/12/2021
    Total Budget: 5,460,512 €
    EU Contribution: 3,276,300 €
    Project Location:


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Institut de l'Elevage
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: Rue de Bercy, 149, 75595, PARIS, France
    Contact Person: Josselin Andurand
    Tel: 02 22 74 03 84

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    • Carbon sequestration
    • Food and Beverages
    • GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors


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


    • Directive 2009/28 - Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (23.04.2009)
    • COM(2010)672 - The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future (18.11.2010)


    Name Type
    Institut de l'Elevage Coordinator
    FCEL(France Conseil Elevage), France Participant
    FEDER(FEDER), France Participant
    CRABret(Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Bretagne), France Participant
    CRAPL(Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture des Pays de la Loire), France Participant
    Elev Tarn(Maison de l'Elevage - EDE du Tarn), France Participant
    EILYPS(EILYPS), France Participant
    Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture d'Occitanie Participant
    SICAREV(SICAREV), France Participant
    La Coopération Agricole Participant
    SICAGIEB(SICAGIEB), France Participant
    CRAN(Chambre régionale d'Agriculture de Normandie), France Participant
    Litt Nor(Littoral Normand, Syndicat de Contrôle Laitier de la Manche), France Participant
    Bord Bia(Bord Bia - Irish Food Board), Ireland Participant
    Teagasc(Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Ireland Participant
    UNICARVE(UNICARVE – Associazione allevatori carni bovine), Italy Participant
    Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria (CREA IT) Participant
    ASOPROVAC(ASOPROVAC), Spain Participant
    ASOPRO CYL(Asoprovac Castilla y Leon), Spain Participant
    INTERBEV(INTERBEV), France Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture de Haute-Loire Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture de Saone et Loire Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture d'Allier Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture de Côte d'Or Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture du Cantal Participant
    ELVEA 21-89 Participant
    SEENOVIA Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture de Vendée Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture des Deux-Sèvres Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture des Hautes-Pyrénées Participant
    Chambre Départementale d'Agriculture de la Nièvre Participant
    CELIA Participant
    ELVEA 71-58 Participant
    SICAREV COOP Participant