NAMI Invests $65,000 in Climate Training for Meat Companies as EPA Faces Scrutiny Over Reporting Exemptions

In a significant move towards addressing climate change within the meat industry, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has pledged a $65,000 investment to launch a partnership with Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition (Supplier LOCT). This collaboration aims to provide up to 100 American meat companies with the opportunity to undergo specialized climate training programs.

The investment from NAMI is specifically directed towards enabling Meat Institute members to engage in training sessions focused on establishing science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Supplier LOCT, initiated in 2021, is a collaborative program designed to accelerate climate progress across supply chains.

NAMI’s commitment aligns with its overarching goal of having all its members set science-based emissions reduction targets by the year 2030. Interested companies within the Meat Institute are encouraged to register by March 15, with the first 100 registrants qualifying for participation.

However, amidst these efforts to promote climate responsibility in the meat industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently facing scrutiny in federal court. Last week, the EPA requested additional time from a Washington D.C. judge as it reevaluates a rule pertaining to reporting exemptions for air emissions from animal waste at farms.

In a court filing, the EPA emphasized its good-faith efforts, citing an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) aimed at reinstating reporting requirements. The agency opposed rescinding the remand or setting a deadline for action, underscoring the complexities of the rulemaking process and the necessity for careful consideration.

These parallel developments highlight the dynamic landscape surrounding environmental initiatives within the meat industry, with NAMI taking proactive steps while the EPA navigates challenges related to regulatory frameworks.