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Canada plans to provide incentives to encourage beef cattle farms to reduce methane emissions.

Methane emissions, known to be more than 28 times more effective at trapping atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide, constitute 31 percent of Canada's total methane emissions from agriculture, predominantly arising from the digestive process of beef and dairy cattle. To address this issue, Canada has introduced the draft Reducing Enteric Methane Emissions from Beef Cattle (REME protocol) within its Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System. The REME protocol offers economic incentives for cattle farms to mitigate methane emissions, allowing them to earn offset credits that can be traded for revenue.
The protocol encourages farmers to implement measures such as improved management diets to enhance the efficiency of animal growth, ultimately reducing methane emissions. The credits earned, calculated at one credit per 1.1 tons of emissions reductions, can be sold to facilities to fulfill emissions reduction obligations or to support low-carbon commitments of other businesses.
The Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System extends beyond cattle farming, incentivizing various sectors, including Indigenous communities, farmers, foresters, and municipalities, to undertake projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative aligns with broader government efforts to decarbonize the agricultural sector, as evidenced by the $12 million investment in the Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge, supporting innovations in scalable and cost-effective practices to reduce enteric methane emissions from cattle.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Honourable Steven Guilbeault emphasized the role of Canadian farmers as frontline champions for climate action, while Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay underscored the dual benefits of environmental conservation and economic support for farmers. The collaborative approach between the government and the agricultural sector aims to drive economic growth, enhance competitiveness, and contribute to the global fight against climate change.




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  • Grace Njeri

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    Reducing farming related methane emissions is key in the battle against climate change.

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    • Rashid Kamau

      12 w

      Reducing methane emissions from livestock is paramount for reducing the environmental impact of agriculture.

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      • Kevin

        16 w

        This is the noble cause they say it is

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        • winnie nguru

          17 w

          Incentives coupled with sensitization on why that is important will see farmers willingly subscribe in to this noble course

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          • George Kariuki

            17 w

            Engaging in constructive dialogue with the agricultural sector and continually evaluating the program's impact will be key to its success and contribution to combating climate change.

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            • walter lungayi

              17 w

              This is a positive step towards addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector.

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              • johnte ndeto

                17 w

                Environmentally friendly farming should be encouraged to safe the planet

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                • Jane Wangui

                  17 w

                  @johnte_ndeto safe planet and more food security.

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                • Gorffly mokua

                  17 w

                  Offering incentives encourages eco-friendly practices, contributing to mitigating methane emissions .

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    17 w

                    Canada's draft REME protocol signals a proactive step in curbing methane emissions from beef cattle, addressing a significant portion of the country's agricultural emissions. By offering economic incentives through offset credits, it encourages farms to adopt measures like improved diets, aligning environmental conservation with economic support for farmers. This initiative, part of a broader Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System, showcases a collaborative effort to decarbonize the agricultural sector, emphasizing the pivotal role of Canadian farmers as frontline champions for climate action

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      17 w

                      Cattle farming is one of the practices that leads to high methane pollution,so by helping farmers reduce this,it will significantly improve on our environment.

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                      • Gorffly mokua

                        17 w

                        @rosebellendiritu Right, this will greatly help in cutting down emissions!

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                      • Princess

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                        Addressing this issue can contribute to overall environmental sustainability.

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