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Teagasc Greenhouse Gas Research Highlights

The agri-food sector accounts for over half of Ireland’s indigenous exports and represents one-tenth of the Irish economy. Indeed, the wider bio-economy contributes an estimated 30% of total national net exports, and in 2008 accounted for 179,200 jobs. Agriculture also comprises a quarter of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which contribute to climate change. As such, reducing emissions from the sector is often considered as a strategy to meet our emission reduction targets. However, world food security has emerged as a critical global challenge. This sets a significant challenge for Teagasc and its national and international collaborators – namely, reducing emissions while increasing food supply. Delivering this will ensure that the Irish agri-food sector can and will play a key strategic role in our economic recovery, while achieving our legally binding emission reduction targets. In addition, these challenges can provide the opportunities to drive efficiencies that will ultimately reduce costs and drive profitability in the sector.

01 January 2010
28 Pages