The Dairy Carbon Navigator
Improving Carbon Efficiency on Irish Dairy Farms
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The Farm Carbon Navigator was developed by Teagasc and Bord Bia as an advisory tool to support the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS)
Lowering Agricultural Greenhouse Gases - The three main greenhouse gasses from agriculture are:
Methane - From rumen fermentation and slurry storage. Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It accounts for almost 2/3 of agricultural GHGs.
Nitrous Oxide - From organic and chemical nitrogen fertiliser and excreted N. It is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It accounts for almost 1/3 of agricultural emissions
Carbon Dioxide - Associated with the use of fossil fuels for energy and the manufacture of fertiliser. It accs for a relatively small proportion of agricultural emissions