Power Shift: Why we need to wean industrial food systems off fossil fuels
02 November 2023
Our new research shows that food production, transport and storage drives as many emissions as all EU countries and Russia combined. That’s at least 15% of all fossil fuel emissions every year. To achieve net-zero by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F), we must urgently wean our food systems off fossil fuels.
The Global Alliance for the Future of Food and Dalberg Advisors comprehensively assesses the critical link between food and energy systems with two new reports: the briefing paper, Power Shift: Why we need to wean industrial food systems off fossil fuels, and the companion Discussion Paper, Toward Fossil Fuel–Free Food: Why collaboration between food and energy systems players is key. The brief is a call to action for all stakeholders in the food and energy sectors. It highlights that we must work together to transition away from fossil fuels and toward a sustainable future in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The report summarizes the new research in our accompanying Discussion Paper. The Discussion Paper explores the interconnectedness between food and energy systems, emphasizing the role of fossil fuels. This paper delves into the trade-offs, synergies, gaps, and opportunities that arise within this nexus. It highlights opportunities for enhanced collaboration among policymakers, funders, and advocates working across the food–energy nexus to reduce fossil fuel usage in food systems.
These resources are designed to encourage collaboration between the food and energy sectors. Their aim is to support the swift transition of our industrialized food system away from fossil fuels, and towards renewable energy, and regenerative and agroecological farming.
Summary Report: Power Shift
This report is a call to action for all stakeholders in the food and energy sectors — as well as advocates, funders, and policymakers — to work together in transitioning away from fossil fuels. Its central aim is to drive a shift toward sustainability, limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F), and emphasize the significance of collaborative efforts aligned with the Paris Agreement's goals.Discover more
Discussion Paper: Toward fossil fuel–free food
This discussion paper delves deeply into the intricate connections between food and energy systems, specifically focusing on the role of fossil fuels. The comprehensive paper explores the trade-offs, synergies, gaps, and opportunities within this nexus and provides practical recommendations for coordinated efforts among policymakers, funders, and advocates within the food–energy nexus.Discover more