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
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.
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).
- ERA-NET Cofund ERA-GAS
- FACCE ERA-GAS Consortium Kick-Off meeting held on 29 September in Dublin
- FACCE ERA-GAS call: Full proposal stage started 18 October
- ERA-GAS call closed: 28 proposals submitted
- FACCE ERA-GAS call closed: 28 proposals submitted
- ERA-GAS: Pre-announcement of a call on monitoring & mitigation of Greenhouse gases from agri- and silvi-culture
- ERA-GAS Call for proposals is open!
- Joint Workshop of ERA-GAS, SusAn and ICT-AGRI2 set research priorities for future joint calls
- Ten projects selected for funding in FACCE ERA-GAS
- Successful 1st Research Programme Meeting of FACCE ERA-GAS
- FACCE ERA-GAS Second Joint Call launched!