The Australian pork industry is committed to fostering a long-term competitive pork industry while maintaining our natural resources and the environment for future generations.
The Australian pork industry has invested in the research and development to strengthen its environmental credentials. Science forms the basis for environmental guidelines and tools to assist producers with planning and regulatory requirements of pig production in Australia.
Australian pork is the most emission friendly animal protein source today. Around two thirds of our emissions come from waste management. This provides an ideal opportunity to reduce our emissions. In Australia, about one third of the methane arising from pig effluent is captured and around 13 per cent is converted to electricity. This is equivalent to taking 6,300 houses off the electricity grid each year. The Australian pork industry leads this technology adoption. This technology is commercially feasible for piggeries with a minimum of 500 sows. It is estimated that an additional 120 sites are suitable to adopt biogas in Australia.
The Australian pork industry has a target to achieve one-kilogram carbon emissions (CO2-e) per kilogram of pork. Farms that have installed biogas and have converted this to electricity, have achieved this target.
Read about some of our initiatives below:
- Waste Management (PigBal)
- Water Use
- Greenhouse Gases
- Renewable Energy (Biogas)
- Environmental Sustainability
- Environmental Guidelines
- Planning and Development
- Outdoor Production