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British Embassy Brasilia - Resource efficiency programme for Brazil’s beef supply chain

Identifying the multibillion dollar resource efficiency opportunity for Brazil's beef sector

Identifying the multibillion dollar resource efficiency opportunity for Brazil's beef sector


At the Carbon Trust we have considerable experience designing and implementing practical programmes that deliver large-scale change. We recently developed a transformational resource efficiency programme for Brazil’s beef supply chain, with funding from the British Embassy in Brasilia. This programme was informed by extensive engagement with government, industry stakeholders and experts, academia and NGOs, including significant input from the Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA), Ministry of Environment, and the Brazilian National Development Bank.

Beef is one of Brazil’s most important economic sectors. However, it is also one of the most significant areas of the country’s environmental impact, having a large impact on deforestation, climate change, and biodiversity loss. We identified improvements that can be made throughout the entire industry – from ranching to retail – which can also enhance the efficiency, productivity and profitability of the sector.

Brazil: 5 key areas for action in the beef supply chain

The most significant area of opportunity is in adopting better ranching practices and the recovery of degraded pastureland. Following the launch of the programme with strong government and industry support in Brazil, we are currently looking for funding to turn the programme design into a large scale pilot. This would be delivered through tailored packages of awareness raising, technical assistance and de-risked finance in the north of Mato Grosso State, a key beef producing region selected by MAPA.

The beef industry is directly responsible for 17% of Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions

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