Danish Gov and A&F signs agreement to reduce ammonia emissions
The Danish Ministry of the Environment and Food is now entering into voluntary agreements with Agriculture & Food with the aim of reducing ammonia emissions from agriculture. Agriculture will reduce the amount of crude protein in feed for both fattening pigs and dairy cattle, which means that ammonia emissions from manure in both the barn, manure tanks and in the field are reduced. The two agreements for fattening pigs and dairy cattle will together contribute to a reduction of approx. 1000 tons of ammonia annually. This is 40% of the reduction that Denmark needs to achieve the ammonia reduction target of 24 %.
"Ammonia emissions are a problem in relation to air pollution, which a large number of Danes become ill from every year. In addition, ammonia pollution can be the cause of rare plant species becoming extinct, so there is no doubt that ammonia emissions must go down. The government has set an ambitious goal, and I am pleased that agriculture has worked constructively to find good solutions together, which bodes well for the overall work of making agriculture greener and more climate-friendly, and I will now discuss the other proposals from the expert committee with the parliamentary parties, and I believe that with these agreements and the committee's report in hand, we can find solutions that can bring Denmark the rest of the way to reach the goal of ammonia in a short time, " says Minister of the Environment Lea Wermelin.
The collaboration between the ministry and agriculture is being concluded in the wake of an expert committee earlier this month coming up with a report that gave suggestions on how to reduce ammonia emissions.
"Agriculture has almost halved ammonia emissions since 1990, and we are now also taking responsibility for reaching another step towards the very ambitious goal. I am pleased that, through constructive cooperation with the Minister for the Environment, we have agreed on voluntary agreements on two areas where we can reduce emissions further without having severe economic consequences for farmers. It is a sensible solution for both the environment and agriculture", says Martin Merrild, chairman of Agriculture & Food.
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