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2009: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture

Recent research findings

Assuming a policy environment that allows or promotes the adoption of emissions mitigation measures, our analysis suggests that by 2012 ALULUCF could be mitigating around 6% of current greenhouse gas emissions. By 2022 this rises to nearer 25%. In other words, by 2022 the ALULUCF sectors could reduce their emissions by 25% (table 1). Estimation of abatement potentials is, however, clearly influenced by the policy environment and the expected levels of adoption of these measures.

Year

MtCO2e

% reduction from 2005

2012

2.66

6

2017

6.58

15

2022

10.83

25

Table 1: Estimates of total emissions reductions for 2012, 2017 and 2022.

Our results suggest that all three sub-sectors (agriculture, land use and forestry) offer measures capable of delivering abatement at zero or low cost. Indeed around 6.34 MtCO2e could possibly be abated at negative or zero cost. If land managers adopted some of the measures, they would actually save money whilst mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.

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