While enteric methane emissions are a major source of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, grazing livestock can play a critical role in managing and restoring natural landscape function to combat climate change, while also improving the productivity, resilience, and biodiversity of natural ecosystems.
In the fifth episode of Navigating to Net Zero, host Rebecca Darst talks with Paul McDougall, Paraway Pastoral Company Limited's [Paraway] Natural Capital Manager, about how Paraway and other Australian farmland managers are leveraging the livestock and natural assets they manage to decarbonise their operations in a sustainable way and in line with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The world needs food, so it's our obligation to produce that food with the least impact to the climate and to the environment”
- Paul McDougall, Paraway
Paul McDougall, Natural Capital Manager, Paraway Pastoral Company Limited
Paul McDougall joined Paraway in 2018 and is responsible for managing the natural capital team, which is focused on sustainable and profitable agriculture practices by promoting animal welfare, environmental stewardship, and climate action. Since joining Paraway, Paul has overseen the world’s first beef herd emissions reduction project. He is also co-chair of the Livestock Industry Emissions Reduction Working Group and a member of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework Consultative Committee.
About Paraway Pastoral Company Limited
Paraway Pastoral Company Limited operates large-scale sheep and cattle enterprises across Australia and is one of the country’s largest owners of pastoral land, with total combined holdings of more than 4.4 million hectares. Paraway has purchased more than 35 properties and has aggregated them into 27 pastoral businesses. The company raises and manages 220,000 cattle and 250,000 sheep, as well as a mixture of dryland and irrigated crops. Learn more about Paraway here.*
Episode content recorded November 2022.
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