Livestock impact on greenhouse gases up for review

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) said it created a greenhouse gas team to review the greenhouse gas emissions of the livestock sector.

DA Special Order No. 683 signed on Sept. 17 formed the team, which is tasked with studying ways to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“In support of the implementation of the Philippine Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitment of 75% projected cumulative greenhouse gas emission reduction and avoidance from the business-as-usual scenario submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on February 2021, the DA Greenhouse Gas Team for the Livestock Sector is hereby created,” Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said in the order.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, cattle produce methane during their digestive processes. It added that the manner of managing manure from livestock has an impact on methane and nitrous oxide emissions.

In April, President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved the country’s first NDC, part of a broader effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030.

The Philippine NDC is part of its commitment under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which aims to keep the rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

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