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Study links EU diet to deforestation footprint in the tropics

A new publication, co-written by SEI Senior Research Fellow Javier Godar, presents a quantification of carbon emissions from agriculture- and forestry-related deforestation across the tropics. It then traces these emissions embodied in traded commodities through global supply chains to the consumers.

Published on 12 April 2019

Researchers calculate that 15% of carbon emissions associated with the typical European diet can be traced back to deforestation in tropical and subtropical countries.

This highlights the need for consumption-based accounts to include emissions from deforestation, and for policy measures that span these international supply-chains, if deforestation emissions are to be effectively reduced.

Javier Godar
Javier Godar

Senior Research Fellow

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