EU: Nitrogen pollution expected to drop

The level of nitrogen lost to water in the EU is projected to drop in the period leading up to 2030, which should have a positive impact on biodiversity.

Monday 17 December 2018 (5 months 6 days ago)
Like

Most emissions in agriculture come – directly or indirectly – from animal production. In line with the report's projected decrease in EU livestock numbers by 2030, there is a corresponding drop in expected emissions. However higher crop production and manure application will to a large extent counterbalance this change. Greenhouse gas emissions are therefore expected to stay at the same level then in 2012. Despite this, there is an anticipated drop in the level of atmospheric ammonia across the whole EU, with emissions estimated to decrease by 9% by 2030.

The report (EU agricultural outlook 2018-2030) anticipates a decrease in the amount of nitrogen lost to water in the EU, with projected figures suggesting a drop of 8% when compared to 2012. This change will be primarily driven by productivity gains in the dairy (with less manure produced) and crop sources. This will have a positive effect on plant biodiversity in the EU. The 2012 to 2030 period however should see a modest increase in the potential plant species, showing an increase of 2%.

Soil erosion by water, the most significant land degradation process, is still likely to be higher than soil formation rates. These are unlikely to change significantly by 2030, as crop distribution in the EU is not expected to change significantly. However, the report notes that some EU countries that are particularly at risk of damaging soil erosion will see a decrease in the rate of decline with Greece exhibiting the most significant drop (11.2%) due to changes in crop types.

EU agricultural non-CO2 GHG gas emissions sources in 2030
EU agricultural non-CO2 GHG gas emissions sources in 2030

Friday December 7, 2018/ DG Agri/ European Union.
https://ec.europa.eu

Article Comments

This area is not intended to be a place to consult authors about their articles, but rather a place for open discussion among pig333.com users.
Leave a new Comment

Access restricted to 333 users. In order to post a comment you must be logged in.

Not a registered user of 333?sign upand access swine prices, the search engine, ...
It is fast and free
Are you registered in 333?LOGINIf you've forgotten your password we'll send it to you here

tags

Swine News

Swine industry news in your email

You are not subscribed to this list

17-May-201910-May-201903-May-201926-Apr-2019

Log in and sign up on the list

Not a registered user of 333?sign upand access swine prices, the search engine, ...
It is fast and free
Are you registered in 333?LOGINIf you've forgotten your password we'll send it to you here