Annual sustainability scorecard reveals new records for industry and sets future course with goals in Australia

Updated Jun 8, 2023
Australia's beef industry is taking its commitment to sustainability to a new level with the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF) 2023 Annual Update reporting a decrease in carbon emissions, more forest on grazing lands, and, for the first time, the setting of ambitious goals to guide investment and attention into the future.
The ABSF Annual Update is a yearly scorecard and snapshot of the sustainability performance of the industry, reporting on a number of priority issues to monitor progress against recognised standards and metrics. This year, in its sixth edition, it has increased the number of indicators to 54, spanning the four foundational themes of: best animal care; environmental stewardship; economic resilience; and people and the community. ABSF Sustainability Steering Group (SSG) Chair, Mark Davie, said this year’s Annual Update showed areas of significant progress as well as opportunities for further improvement. “There is plenty to celebrate, Australian Beef businesses produced over 20 billion meals this year, and progressed on nearly all our sustainability metrics,” Mr Davie said. The 2023 highlights Australia’s red meat industry has set a target of being carbon neutral by 2030, known as CN30, and progress towards this goal is evident, with net CO2e emissions in 2020 of 45.21Mt, 64.07% ...
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