Last reviewed on 10-02-2020

Documentation of California's Greenhouse Gas Inventory (13th Edition - Last updated on 10-15-2020)

♦ Category: Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use

IPCC: 3A1aii - Livestock - Enteric Fermentation - Cattle - Other Cattle
Sector: Agriculture & Forestry : Enteric Fermentation : Cattle

♦ Activity: Livestock population - Beef cows

♦ Greenhouse gas: Methane ( CH4 )

► Year 2017 —

● Greenhouse gas emission estimate —

Amount: 62,517 tonnes of CH4 Emitted (1,562,915 tonnes CO2 Eq.)
Basis: Model
Calculation: Cattle enteric fermentation model
Reference: USEPA (2013). Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Annex 3.10: Methodology for Estimating CH4 Emissions from Enteric Fermentation. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-12/documents/us-ghg-inventory-2013-annexes.pdf#https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-12/documents/us-ghg-inventory-2013-annexes.pdf

● Activity level used in calculations —

Activity: Livestock population = 655,000 head of Beef cows
Basis: Model
Calculation: Cattle life cycle model
Reference: USEPA (2013). Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Annex 3.10: Methodology for Estimating CH4 Emissions from Enteric Fermentation. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-12/documents/us-ghg-inventory-2013-annexes.pdf#https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-12/documents/us-ghg-inventory-2013-annexes.pdf
Reference: USDA (2016). U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Quick Stats. Accessed online at: #http://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/

● Parameters and Constants used in calculations —

Parameter: Not applicable
Constant: Global warming potential of CH4 = 25
Reference: IPCC (2007). Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Solomon S., Qin D., Manning M., Chen Z., Marquis M., Averyt K.B., Tignor M., and Miller H.L. (eds.). #http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_ipcc_fourth_assessment_report_synthesis_report.htm

● Greenhouse gas emitted per unit activity (derived from values listed above) —

Amount: 95,445 g (i.e. 95.45 kg) of CH4 per head of Beef cows
2,386,130 g (i.e. 2.39 tonnes) of CO2eq. per head of Beef cows