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Greenhouse gases mitigation and agriculture - 5800

This research shows that Irish agriculture has decoupled greenhouse gas emissions from production since 990. Future climate change will marginally impact on summer grass yields but total annual production should be less affected. Greenhouse gas emissions will increase with soil C release and higher N2O emissions.

27 August 2012
Technology Update
4 Pages
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Briefing Note: Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Irish Agriculture: Consequences arising from the Food Harvest Targets

Over the next ten years an expansion in the value of Irish agriculture is projected to take place. However, the magnitude of the projected expansion is likely to be insufficient to ensure that the targets set in the Food Harvest report are achieved without the implementation of the actions recommended by the Food Harvest Committee in its Food Harvest 2020 Report.

11 February 2011
33 Pages
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Irish Agriculture, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change: opportunities, obstacles and proposed solutions

Agriculture contributes to global balances of greenhouse gases (GHGs) through emissions of nitrous oxide and methane and through emissions and/or sequestration of carbon dioxide. In Ireland, GHG emissions from agriculture represent 29.1% of total national GHG emissions. The emission reduction target of 30% by 2020, specified in the Climate Change Response Bill, applies to national emissions. In a hypothetical scenario of proportional burden sharing across sectors, where this overall target translates into a 30% reduction target for the agricultural sector, this will have significant implications for the sustainable development of this important indigenous industry. This submission highlights key international and national issues that must be considered in preparing any GHG control instruments with a specific focus on agriculture.

28 January 2011
93 Pages