Industry Focus

Environmental Sustainability

An Industry Priority

Environmental sustainability stewardship is a major priority for the Australian Industry.  To assist in meeting its vision, APL developed the National Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the Pork Industry 2010–2015, a plan for ensuring the industry continues its proactive approach to sound environmental management.

For further information download the National Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the Pork Industry.

Reduced environmental impacts

A recent study looking at environmental impacts from the pork industry show that impacts from 1980 to 2018 and projected to 2020 have reduced.

The project investigated GHG emissions and resource use per decade between 1980 and 2010 and predicted impacts to 2020 to determine the trend in environmental performance of the Australian Pork Industry.

These trends include:

  • Improvements in herd and system efficiency has led to improved feed conversion ratio, resulting in lower feed requirements, reduced manure production and reduced GHG emissions from manure
  • The introduction of deep litter housing and covered ponds in Australian piggeries contributed to reducing environmental impacts
  • Reduced tillage, higher grain yields and a decrease in the proportion of irrigation water used for grain production improved the efficiency of the feed grain production systems resulting in lower impacts per kilogram of feed grain produced.

Key information includes:

  • 69% decrease in GHG emission intensity from 10.6 – 3.3kg CO2-e/kg LW
  • Water use 441L/kg LW in 1980 to a projected 90L/kg LW in 2020
  • Fossil fuel energy decreased from 34 MJ/kg LW in 1980 to a projected 14 MJ/kg LW in 2020

Click here to download the full Research Report

Watch the presentation for more detail or read the Snapshot.

Webinar: Trends in Environmental Impact from the Pork Industry