• The sector is involved in investments of 600 million euros in livestock production and 542 million euros in industries to move towards environmental neutrality and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The plan includes 529 projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, 724 to reduce ammonia emissions, 220 focused on reducing emissions in transport and a further 110 investments on other sustainability aspects.
  • The interprofessional organisations highlight the sector's firm commitment to reducing GHG emissions, especially methane emissions, through more efficient livestock management, the promotion of more balanced diets and the application of sustainability and digitalisation criteria in production processes.

MADRID, 5 November 2021

The Spanish livestock-meat sector is working in a coordinated manner to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to its activity by 30%, as part of its firm commitment to move towards environmental neutrality and compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as reported by the six interprofessional organisations of the sector, ASICI, AVIANZA, INTERCUN, INTEROVIC, INTERPORC and PROVACUNO, on the occasion of the Summit on Climate Change COP26, which is being held these days in Glasgow.

To achieve these reduction targets, 50% of which correspond to methane reductions (in line with the "Global Commitment on Methane", promoted by the USA and the European Union at COP26 and joined by 100 countries, the sector is involved in investments of 600 million euros in the field of animal production and some 542 million euros in the meat industries), which also include other objectives such as improving energy efficiency in industries and livestock facilities, manure, slurry and sewage sludge management operations, and feed and enteric fermentation. ), which also include other objectives such as improving energy efficiency in livestock industries and facilities, manure, slurry and sewage sludge management operations, and livestock feeding and enteric fermentation,

This entire plan, which is being developed to contribute to the solution of the climate change problems facing our planet, forms an important part of a strategic sectoral project linked to European funds, which will mobilise investments of more than 5,054 million euros to increase its environmental sustainability and its capacity for innovation, contributing to the recovery and economic transformation of our country.

This project involves 1,689 companies and livestock farmers from all the Autonomous Communities, 73.6% of which are SMEs, together with technological partners in the fields of circular economy, renewable energies and digitalisation.

The target includes a total of 529 investment proposals related to greenhouse gas reduction, 724 proposals to reduce ammonia emissions in installations, 220 proposals focused on reducing emissions in transport and 110 on other sustainability aspects.

Reduction of ammonia, water footprint and energy consumption

In addition to the ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, especially methane, the livestock-meat chain envisages the reduction of ammonia emissions from installations in the included sectors by an average value of 28% together with 6% in industry.

Likewise, energy consumption in farms and meat industries will also be reduced by 38% and 22%, respectively, with the projects undertaken.

The water footprint per kilogram of final product will also be reduced by an average of 18%, as a result of the reduction in water consumption following the automation and robotisation of processes, the control of water leaks and escapes due to the modernisation of water supply systems and facilities, as well as operations associated with the reuse and recovery of water for cleaning operations, supplying water to livestock or irrigating crops.

Finally, feed consumption will decrease by 15%, which in turn will lead to a reduction in GHG and ammonia emissions. And the consumption of other raw materials will also be reduced by 23% in livestock facilities and by 18% in meat industries.

The livestock-meat chain has always shown its commitment to contributing to the progress and development of Spanish society and its territory, as demonstrated by its ecosystem that generates employment, wealth, territorial structuring, a balanced and healthy diet and responsible consumption, as well as its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its activity.

ASICI. The Interprofessional Association of the Iberian Pig brings together producers and processing industries of Iberian products.

AVIANZA. The Spanish Interprofessional Association of Poultry Meat brings together farms and production centres as well as cutting and processing plants.

INTERCUN. The Interprofessional Organisation for the promotion of the rabbit sector is made up of representatives of the rabbit production branch and rabbit meat processing and marketing companies.

INTEROVIC. The Interprofessional Organisation of Sheep and Goat Meat represents the producers of this livestock branch and the industrialists and marketers who generate and distribute the derived products.

INTERPORC. The Organización Interprofesional Agroalimentaria del Porcino de Capa Blanca represents all the sectors of the value chain of the white pig: production, processing and marketing.

PROVACUNO. The Interprofessional Agri-Food Organisation for Beef and Veal is made up of the main organisations of the producer sector and the processing/marketing sector.

Due to the pandemic effects of COVID19, the meat sector is undergoing important changes. One of these has been the strong move towards digitalisation, which is combined with our sector's own commitments, such as Sustainability and Animal Welfare, as well as the crucial process of Internationalisation.

In this Alimarket report, in which Propollo has participated by contributing our vision and experiences, the "state of the art" of the meat sector in Spain, including the poultry industry, is analysed. These are the main conclusions:

  • The "plant-based" has burst onto the scene in the sector, according to the president of ANICE, "digital and technological tools have become essential for the meat industry...". These statements are accompanied by a "Digitalisation Plan" to inform members of the possibilities offered by technology and digital tools to member companies.
  • Digitalisation in the meat sector is still limited. It will undoubtedly have an impact on the structure of the company itself and its relationship with the customer, as well as an improvement in production, product adaptation, greater safety of its products and workers; and, of course, in communication with customers and attracting new ones.
Source: MAP

The increase in digitalisation has been confirmed by Provacuno, another of the interprofessional organisations participating in the report. According to its leaders, there have been increases in online sales platforms, in parallel to the feared decline in consumption by the HORECA sector during this pandemic, and increased interest in exporting.

"The poultry sector has been investing heavily in modernising facilities, accessing new sources of renewable energy, applying circular economies and waste management," Jordi Montfort, Propollo Secretary General.


As the report explains, the meat sector, through ANAFRIC and Provacuno, in a movement that Propollo also supports, has requested aid for private storage, the opening of public intervention purchases and direct aid to the producer sector, especially to feedlots and, in our case, poultry farms.

In foreign trade, the COVID has had a considerable influence. International trade fairs have been all but suppressed, as well as travel and people gathering. Traditional models of trade promotion have undergone a major change. Digital transformation now plays a new role.

New markets are opened up through online audits such as in the case of Thailand. The way is open for new trade destinations.

Sustainability and animal welfare

Sustainability and welfare, objectives pursued by the sector before the pandemic, continue to play an important role today. Propollo explains how "the poultry sector has been investing heavily in the modernisation of facilities, access to new sources of renewable energy, the application of circular economies and waste management. But it is a global commitment, and therefore must continue to be encouraged by public administrations, to extend the possibilities of adopting them to as many companies as possible".

Another of the topics mentioned refers to the Meat Sector Working Group of the Food for Life-Spain Technology Platform (PTF4LS), which aims to strengthen and organise R&D&I processes, create structures that allow this innovation to be channelled effectively and efficiently structure the industry's relationship with the world of innovation, identifying common interests and market requirements.

Antibiotic-free production, funding opportunities for R&D&I projects and food safety in fermented sausages are some of the new projects on which meat companies have embarked.

The report also points out that the emergence of processed meat substitutes in the coming years, which will compete with traditional products, should not be overlooked. This is yet another challenge that the meat sector will have to face.