The emissions equal the CO2 outputs from Ireland, Denmark, Slovakia, and Estonia – about three percent of all EU greenhouse gas emissions.
TAPPC chair Pier Vellinga said: “Including the environmental cost of animal protein in the price is a crucial element of meeting EU targets for climate, biodiversity, public health, and animal welfare.”
The TAPPC also believes there is a hidden health cost to reducing meat consumption across Europe.
Jeroom Remmers, TAPPC director, said: “If EU meat consumption reduces and plant-based protein consumption rises, healthcare costs will reduce too, as Europeans eat roughly 50% more meat than is recommended in dietary health guidelines.
“We could also save billions of Euros every year in lower healthcare costs.”