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1.5 Billion Cows

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock — including cows, pigs, sheep and other animals — are responsible for about 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Cows are the primary offenders, and each animal releases 30 to 50 gallons a day on average. And with an estimated 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows on the planet, that’s a whole lot of methane.

Some Facts

Worldwide there is a cattle population of approx. 1 billion animals, which is said to be responsible for almost 10% of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas effect. One of the reasons for this is the assumption that the ruminant stomach of cattle releases methane, which is 23 times more harmful to the climate than CO2.

Converted to the CO2 equivalent used in climate science, this 10% (or 4.574 billion tCO2e) is composed as follows:

CO2 = 2.70 % points,
CH4 = 4.40 % points and
N2O = 2.90 % points.

The Netherlands, with its cattle population of over 5.2 million head, thus accounts for 0.5% (or 24 million tCO2e) of this global climate problem. Disregarding the existing international differences in feeding, an average cow emits approx. 12.5 kg CO2e/day, which corresponds to the emission range of a mid-range passenger car with a daily mileage of approx. 100 km. 

The Life Circle solution

First of all, it should be noted that the EU and the Netherlands produce only a very small part of the problem within their own borders. Those who want to solve the climate problems associated with cattle farming in the short term must, of course, first tackle the problems exactly in those countries where 80% of cattle farming takes place – nut just 0.5%. 

We at The Good Factory have therefore started early with our partners ASTRA/e4f to address the potential of the vegetable charcoal produced in our Schwerin biochar refinery to improve animal health and suppress methane emissions from ruminants. There are scientific estimates available, indicating double-digit reduction potential if cattle is fed only a small charcoal feed additive of 150g or 0.8% of feed. 

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