FACCE ERA-GAS

Core Theme 5: Greenhouse gas mitigation

Instrument: ERA-NET Cofund

Full title: ERA-NET Cofund for monitoring & mitigation of greenhouse gases from agri- and silviculture

Start-end date: 2016-2021

Website: https://www.eragas.eu/

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.

Ten research projects

To develop solutions, the FACCE-ERA-GAS consortium (that comprises funders and project partners) pooled resources to set up the Call ‘Monitoring and mitigating of greenhouse gases from agri- and silvi-culture’ in 2016. 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.

Increasing estimates

Project aims 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. For example, the project “MAGGE-pH”, led by a Norwegian research group, builds on the emerging understanding of how soil pH influences the emission of nitrous oxide (N2O).

The eleven partner institutes are now jointly exploring options for pH control and fertilisation such as liming, that will not increase these 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.

Mitigation gas emissions from livestock production

FACCE ERA-GAS second joint call is on this theme, focused 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.

The total call budget was 14, 1 Million Euro, co-funded by the European Commission and New Zealand, represented by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Read the factsheets of the ten projects on the site of FACCE ERA-GAS.

Read which themes are explored in the second joint call, in the meeting reports of the joint workshops (November 2016 and February 2018).


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