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Animal breeding and climate: reducing the impact

Espace for the Future: livestock farming and climate  Why this topic? 

Climate issues are currently at the core of societal concerns and policy-making efforts. Europe has set the course, and we are all now fully aware of the stark and urgent need for improvement and even solutions.

The European Climate Law, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, affects a whole range of business activities. The agricultural sector is responsible for 19% of today’s greenhouse gas emissions, and needs to reduce that figure by 55% between now and 2030.


Against such a backdrop, SPACE organisers and their Chambers of Agriculture partners naturally decided to address the topic at the Espace for the Future. Today’s question is clear:

How can animal breeding reduce the impact on climate?

Innovative and concrete solutions will be presented at the 'Espace for the Future” to help breeders find ways to put their systems and farming practices on a more carbon-friendly track. Testimonials from breeders and experts, as well as discussions and debates between livestock professionals and members of civil society will provide food for thought there. This key moment will shed light on real commitments and ambitions on the part of farmers and their partners for a tomorrow in favour of climate. Once again, SPACE, as Europe’s leading livestock trade show for professionals, will demonstrate by addressing this topic that it is firmly focused on the challenges of tomorrow’s animal husbandry industry.

During these three days of the Expo, the moderators of the Espace for the Future will also be able to explain how agriculture, and breeding in particular, can, thanks to some of the changes already under way, contribute to climate solutions. Farming, beyond the fact that it feeds communities, can also store carbon and produce energy.

The engineers of the Chambers of Agriculture in Brittany identified testimonials from farmers who drew on the Parcours ClimatCulteur initiative in their aim to move towards more carbon-friendly practices. Thanks to that initiative, designed to guide reflections on low-carbon farming, they adopted the Climate-Energy plan and mobilised various levers to ensure long-term viability for their farms. Depending on the type of production, available opportunities and the specific interest of each farmer, they individually tackled that challenge at their own pace, the only indicator being the carbon footprint of their business. For some of them, the lever they chose was protein self-sufficiency, for others savings on energy and production, or even planting hedgerows. There are plenty of levers, and the three days of SPACE are sure to be chockfull of content in order to cover them all.

Committed to listening to farmers and supporting them as they make the shift in favour of climate, exhibitors offer products and innovative systems to help make that happen. They are currently being selected for presentation at the Espace for the Future.

  Energy and Climate, two topics to be treated as one and the same

We cannot discuss climate without talking about energies because the two subjects are closely related.

Energy consumption and its inherent costs heavily impact a farm’s profit margins by raising the breeder’s production costs.
This past 07 March, gas prices reached €224.6/ MWh and electricity reached €540/MWh before declining. As a reminder, the prices of these two energy sources in 2021 were at €46/MWh and €109/MWh, respectively. For milk production for example, those higher energy costs translate to a hike from €15 to 61 / 1,000 litres.

Moreover, agriculture is clearly quickly developing as a source of energy solutions, and Espace for the Future will demonstrate that.

  Espace for the Future: engaging in debate

Espace for the FutureAs of last year, Espace for the Future organisers began organiser un scheduling daily debates. Those debates were extremely successful in 2021, thanks both to the quality of expert speakers and to the many interactions with the audience who always shows up in large numbers.

Here are the subjects that will be discussed during the fruitful debates scheduled for this year:

  • Pig and poultry farming: How can breeders maintain performance while adopting low carbon practices and a strategy for better energy efficiency?
  • Herbivores, a source of solutions!
  • Livestock farming: is it the ideal culprit?


Cet espace est conçu et animé par le SPACE et les Chambres d'Agriculture de Bretagne avec l'appui de leurs partenaires. 



 Press contact

Sylvie CONAN, coordinator of the Espace for the Future

02 96 79 21 25 - 06 30 69 78 21


Flashback on 2021

Animal Welfare and Farmer Well-being

Find on SPACE website the different round tables and animations that took place last year on the Espace for the Future, focusing on the following topic:  

Animal Welfare and Farmer Well-being


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