Methane has become the focus of global climate change and environmental meetings, as well as public conversations around livestock and dairy. But what do we really know about methane? Do we understand its true nature, its natural cycle and its actual global warming potential? The IDF webinar “Understanding methane: science, policy, finance and actions” aims at putting the methane conversation in context and address all these questions. The three-hour deep dive into methane and its facts, with leading international experts took place on Wednesday, May 17 13:30 – 16:30 CEST. 

Watch the recordings below and access the key messages here. 

Programme Start: 1:30 PM CEST
Welcome and opening remarks

IDF President, Piercristiano Brazzle

IDF Director General, Caroline Emond

Setting the scene: the science around methane

Definitions – Why methane matters

By Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Looking at dairy cattle methane 

By Joseph McFadden, Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology, Animal Science Northeast Agribusiness
and Feed Alliance Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Cornell University

Global policy landscape on methane reduction

John Tauzel, John Tauzel, Senior Director for Global Agriculture Methane, EDF

Hayden Montgomery, Agriculture Programme Director, Global Methane Hub

Aimable Uwizeye, Livestock Policy Officer with the FAO, Animal Production and Health Division

From policy to action

Showcasing dairy companies’ initiatives for tackling methane emissions reduction

Sarah Lockwood, Regenerative agriculture program Director, Danone

Dr Sanne Dekker, Research Specialist Environmental Impact Assessment, FrieslandCampina

Dr Andrew Fletcher, Programme Leader Sustainable Food Systems, Fonterra

Karen Scanlon, SVP, Environmental Stewardship, Dairy Management Inc.

Meenesh Shah, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board, India

Available resources to accelerate change

How Pathways to Dairy Net Zero is Accelerating Global Climate Action

By Kevin Burkum, Chief Communications Officer, Global Dairy Platform

Learnings from Rabobank’s pilots in financing the transition to low-dairy GHG 

By Marijke Schouten, Lead Decarbonizing Supply Chains, Rabobank

Mobilize finance in methane mitigation 

By Paul Myer, CEO, Athian

Policy incentives, public and private partnership case study 

By Christopher Adamo, Vice President Public Affairs & Regenerative Agriculture Policy, Danone North America

Result-based scheme & funding sources to accelerate carbon farming transition

By Jean Baptiste Dollé, Environment Head Department, French Livestock Institute (Institut de l’Elevage)

Concluding remarks IDF Director General, Caroline Emond