Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Farmers and food sector unite to cut emissions

Farming and food industry leaders in Northern Ireland have joined forces to cut their carbon footprint.

Tackling emissions caused by livestock, manure and fertilisers will be key to reaching cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The leaders have formed a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Stakeholder group whose goal is to cut the emissions created by the agri-food industry.

Farming in Northern Ireland is estimated to contribute 21% of all local greenhouse gas emissions — mostly from methane produced by livestock and manure, and nitrous oxide from manures and fertilisers.

Among the group are representatives of the producer, processing and environmental sectors as well as Department of Agriculture officials.

Northern Ireland’s Programme for Government requires that all sectors must slash their emissions by 25% by 2025.

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