Carbon approach

The objective of the EU Member States is to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to become carbon neutral in the long term. These ambitions concern the agricultural sector in particular and the carbon working group aims to build recommendation strategies in terms of action levers to reduce the carbon footprint of livestock systems.

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Different tools exist in Luxembourg, France and Germany to calculate a carbon footprint and are used by the project partners on a hundred or so farms in order to be able to compare the results and the tools. The reports will be drawn up on farms located in three different climate zones in order to identify, where appropriate, the influences of different climate levels on greenhouse gas emissions.

The carbon working group is also developing an equation for estimating methane emissions from dairy cows, based on spectral data from milk. On the one hand, this estimate could be used together with the already existing indicators as a basis for efficiency-oriented selection strategies. On the other hand, it could lead to a more accurate greenhouse gas balance.

The partners involved in the working group:

  • Chambre d’agriculture Alsace (France)
  • Landesverband Baden-Württemberg für Leistungs- und Qualitätsprüfungen in der Tierzucht e.V.  (Germany)
  • AGRIDEA (Switzerland)
  • Landwirtschaftliches Zentrum für Rinderhaltung, Grünlandwirtschaft, Milchwirtschaft, Wild und Fischerei Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
  • Milchwirtschaft, Wild und Fischerei Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
  • CONVIS (Luxembourg)
  • Kanton Basel – Ebenrain-Zentrum für Landwirtschaft, Natur und Ernährung (Switzerland)

Group leader:

Romane GILLET, Chambre d’agriculture Alsace