The research comes from by CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency, and looked at emissions from the production and processing of beef, sheep and goats based on the 2021 Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

MLA Carbon Neutral 2030 (CN30) Project Manager Julia Waite attributed the reduction to impacts in the land use sector.

She said: “Low rates of clearing and greater volumes of regrowth have contributed to a larger pool of carbon on land associated with livestock management, bringing down the collective position of the sector.

“The contribution from land use change was particularly significant between 2020 and 2021 due to high rainfall, which was 9% above the historical average, and conditions favourable for vegetation growth during La-Niña.

“The contrast is especially stark given the previous two reporting years were marred by drought and bushfires. Given the variability of the Australian climate, we anticipate sequestration volumes will retract when conditions trend back towards drier El Nino.”

Emissions are attributed to the red meat industry based on animal numbers, feed intake, livestock processed and resource use. The latest report also revises historical emissions, as more accurate data and methods have been adopted into the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.