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Increased emissions from German farms

German greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture reached a low in 2007, at 62 million tonnes CO2e, and have since then increased to 65.5 million tonnes, according to a report from the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published earlier this year.

They state that technical measures will not be enough reduce these emissions, but that reductions in numbers of livestock are also needed. It is also noted that this must be accompanied with dietary changes, otherwise emissions will just leak abroad.

The report also shows that ammonia emissions are on the rise, the reported figure of 759,000 tonnes in 2015 shows an increase of 12 per cent since 2005. Without efforts to break this trend Germany will have problems meeting its NEC directive commitment in 2020 at 644,000 tonnes.

Source: ENDS Europe Daily 27 February 2018
Umwelt and Landwirtschaft 2018


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