Greenhouse gas and ammonia emission mitigation priorities for UK policy targets

Buckingham, Sarah; Topp, Cairistiona F.E.; Smith, Pete; Eory, Vera; Chadwick, David R.; Baxter, Christina K.; Cloy, Joanna M.; Connolly, Shaun; Cooledge, Emily C.; Cowan, Nicholas J. ORCID:; Drewer, Julia ORCID:; Duffy, Colm; Fox, Naomi J.; Jebari, Asma; Jenkins, Becky; Krol, Dominika J.; Marsden, Karina A.; Mcauliffe, Graham A.; Morrison, Steven J.; O'Flaherty, Vincent; Ramsey, Rachael; Richards, Karl G.; Roehe, Rainer; Smith, Jo; Smith, Kate; Takahashi, Taro; Thorman, Rachel E.; Williams, John; Wiltshire, Jeremy; Rees, Robert M.. 2023 Greenhouse gas and ammonia emission mitigation priorities for UK policy targets. Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering, 10 (2). 268-280.

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Agriculture is essential for providing food and maintaining food security while concurrently delivering multiple other ecosystem services. However, agricultural systems are generally a net source of greenhouse gases and ammonia. They, therefore, need to substantively contribute to climate change mitigation and net zero ambitions. It is widely acknowledged that there is a need to further reduce and mitigate emissions across sectors, including agriculture to address the climate emergency and emissions gap. This discussion paper outlines a collation of opinions from a range of experts within agricultural research and advisory roles following a greenhouse gas and ammonia emission mitigation workshop held in the UK in March 2022. The meeting identified the top mitigation priorities within the UK’s agricultural sector to achieve reductions in greenhouse gases and ammonia that are compatible with policy targets. In addition, experts provided an overview of what they believe are the key knowledge gaps, future opportunities and co-benefits to mitigation practices as well as indicating the potential barriers to uptake for mitigation scenarios discussed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2095-7505
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Additional Keywords: agriculture, ammonia, greenhouse gas, mitigation, net zero
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 01 Jun 2023 15:13 +0 (UTC)

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