Teagasc is establishing a new virtual National Centre for Agri-Food Climate Research and Innovation to co-ordinate climate research and innovation and to accelerate efforts to bring “almost ready” and “early stage” technologies to deployment stage. This will facilitate the Irish agriculture sector to meet its commitments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Twenty four new scientific staff will join the virtual centre.
This National Centre will build on existing research infrastructure and human capital, working with national and international organisations and institutions to create an effective, trusted partnership.
It will provide independent robust scientific and technological solutions to lead the agri-food sector towards climate-neutrality by 2050.
Additionally, it will strive to be a world class agri-food climate science centre that will enhance Ireland’s reputation as a global leader in this area. It will also address Ireland’s wider environmental objectives to improve water quality, reduce ammonia emissions and improve biodiversity.
Milestones for the National Centre for Agri-Food R&I to 2030
Q1 - 2023
National Virtual Centre established
Q2 - 2023
Publish New GHG MACC
Q4 - 2023
First annual progress report on ‘almost ready’ technologies
Q1 - 2024
Publish Irish Specific Enteric Methane Emission Factors for Dairy Cows
Q4 - 2024
Addition of Biodiversity Habitats Locations in NFS
Q1 - 2027
Publish Irish Specific Soil Carbon Sequestration/Emission Factors
Q2 - 2027
Significant Revision of the GHG MACC