SNH Archive Report 024: Life cycle assessment of Scottish wild venison

This is the first attempt at establishing a carbon footprint for wild venison in Scotland. Carbon footprints for many farmed meats have already been estimated and this is something that consumers are increasingly interested in. The report was commissioned by the Deer Commission for Scotland to develop understanding of the carbon impacts of venison and explore how these could be reduced. The analysis indicates that the carbon footprint of venison is 38% lower than beef and 49% lower than lamb. The highest component of the emissions is from methane, a by-product of digestion and the decomposition of manure. This is estimated to be 76% total emissions associated with wild venison. The report also sets out recommendations for future work and looks at how deer management activities can reduce the carbon footprint by, for example, sharing deer larders and the collection of carcasses.

Pages: 65
Published: 2015

SNH Archive Report 024