Agriculture

POLICY DROVE MODERN AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AND EMISSIONS DECLINES

Continual modernization of agricultural practices in India, Europe, and southern Brazil enabled increased productivity without marked increases in cultivated land.

regionEuropean Union

These graphs show the changes in emissions, emissions drivers, and policy in the Agriculture sector in the EU

 
 
 

Emissions Agricultural emissions in the EU27


Emissions have declined since 1990, despite a slight increase in agricultural production.

     
     
     
     

    Emissions Drivers Contribution of agricultural emissions drivers to changes in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in EU27 (Methane)


    Methane emissions from livestock declined as the number of cattle decreased.

       
       
       
       

      Policy Nitrate vulnerable zones


      Most agricultural policy in Europe was developed for reasons beyond climate protection. Nevertheless, these policies had a very real impact on greenhouse gas emissions. For example, the Nitrates Directive encouraged decreasing levels of nitrate fertilizer application, thus reducing NOx emissions.