Executive Director's Message:
Following our webinar in May on GWP*, we were requested by our members in Australia to host another one jointly with Cattle Council of Australia at a more amenable time for people there. Rather than repeat exactly the same experience, we asked two of Professor Allen’s co-authors to present.
Both Dr Adrian Macey and Dr Dave Frame are based in New Zealand, which helped in terms of time zone. Dave gave us a review of the science and the need for considering different metrics reflecting the actual warming caused by different gases, and Adrian gave some very useful insights into the policy implications.
Once again, it was made quite clear that while there may be important questions of fairness in terms of ‘grandfathering’ of emissions, those are a quite separate issue from that of which metric one uses. It is also clear that countries reporting under the Paris agreement are quite free to choose how they report and may do so using a combination of metrics. For those with a keen interest in the subject, this was a very useful follow up to Myles Allen’s presentation and definitely provided some additional insights.
View 2nd May 2020 Webinar
"Understanding GWP*: A New Metric for Estimating
Global Warming Potential of Short-lived Climate Pollutants"
To wrap up all of this discussion, Brenna Grant of Canfax has produced a summary of the issues for our metrics and methodology working group, and this will be brought to the large GHG group and then to members for consideration.
The GHG working group has three main areas of work under the overall guidance of Tim Hardman. Brenna is leading the metrics and methodology work, while Pete Garbutt from McDonald's has launched the subgroup focusing on Carbon sequestration, as has has already been involved in the significant work undertaken by the dairy industry and Quantis in the C-sequ project, and will be basing GRSBs activities in this area on that.
The third stream is on goal development, and to assist with that, Dr Roger Cady has produced a technical summary document in the same way that our other working groups have to set out the considerations for goal setting. Please see the GRSB Council and
Working Group Calendar for upcoming meeting dates and times. (Login required.)
This week we are joining the Tropical Forest Alliance and the World Economic Forum for a virtual dialogue between China and Brazil on "A Positive Future for Cattle: What opportunities exist for continuous improvement and sustainable outcomes in animal-based protein production?" Josefina Eisele and Simon Hall who jointly run our working use on Land Use Change have been closely involved in organising the event, and will be sharing the content of the discussion and the lessons learned with you.
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
June 9, 2020