Monitoring and mitigating of greenhouse gases

The European farms and (agro)forests of the future must emit as little greenhouse gases as possible. But how to realize this? Agriculture contributes to greenhouse gases emissions (and also carbon sequestration) in a variety of ways. For example, fertilisers are converted into nitrous oxide (N2O), cattle produce methane (CH4) and tillage techniques lead to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Funded research projects

In 2016, the FACCE-ERA-GAS consortium pooled resources to set up the call ‘Monitoring and mitigating of greenhouse gases from agri- and silvi-culture. The programme (2017-2020) now finances ten research projects, involving 71 project partners from 39 different research institutes and SME’s across 13 European countries, New Zealand and the United States. The partners develop strategies, policy instruments and methods to monitor and mitigate greenhouse gases emissions.

The aims of the research projects vary from increasing the precision of carbon stock change estimates in European forests and soils, to adapting the diets of ruminants and improving soil management. The partner institutes are jointly exploring options for pH control and fertilisation such as liming, that will not increase greenhouse gas emissions. They are also assessing the potential for upscaling best practices across Europe, using soil maps and calculation models, and together with policymakers, they are identifying suitable policy instruments to promote these practices.

Further research focuses on livestock production 

The second joint call of FACCE ERA-GAS focuses on smart mitigation of gas emissions from livestock production. Themes include comparison of animal production systems with respect to emissions, evaluation of the feed chain, manure management and reducing nitrogen excretion.

In two workshops, in 2016 and 2018, experts have identified research questions and potential solutions that are most challenging and urgent. The call, launched end of 2018, is implemented together with FACCE ERA-NET SusAN and ICT AGRI2.

Joint call 2018 of the ERA-NETs FACCE ERA-GAS, SusAn and ICT-AGRI – 8 projects funded

Call on “Novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in animal production systems”. In October 2018, a joint call of the ERA-NETs FACCE ERA-GAS, SusAn and ICT-AGRI was launched by 27 national public Funding Parties from 20 European countries and 4 Associated or Third Party countries. A total amount of approx. 17.0M € were provisionally reserved by the participating Funding Parties. In due time 24 eligible proposals were submitted. After a reviewing process by experts, 8 projects were selected for funding. Project start dates are between October 2019 and February 2020 with a duration of 36 months.

More information on the call on the FACCE ERA-GAS website.