To limit global warming to 1.5°C, global greenhouse gas emissions must be halved by 2030 and must reach net-zero by 2050. Given the scale and the urgency of the climate crisis, significant climate action across industries and geographies is paramount. Global blue food production is integral to the livelihoods of millions and to the nutrition of billions around the world.
Although the seafood industry boasts a lower carbon footprint than most land-based protein production, industry efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change are essential to slow humanity’s approach to critical tipping points. A number of blue food companies have already risen to the challenge by setting ambitious emission reduction targets approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative.
In this webinar, the UN Global Compact and World Wildlife Fund launched a guide to help blue food production companies set meaningful science-based targets in their efforts to combat climate change. This guide was developed to consolidate lessons learned and best practices to date, and to serve as a roadmap for seafood companies to set meaningful science-based targets.
Christopher Golden (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Jessica Gephart (American University), both members of the BFA Scientific Leadership Team, joined this webinar and highlighted paths to integrating science-based targets in the seafood sector. Golden is the lead author of the BFA Nutrition paper (Golden et al. 2021) and Gephart is the lead author of the BFA Environmental Performance paper (Gephart et al. 2021).