Covenant on Clean & Efficient Agricultural sectors

Last updated: 5 November 2017
In 2008 the Covenant Clean and Efficient Agricultural Sectors was concluded. This negotiated agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency is a framework action package, including a mix of innovation and implementation measures in agriculture, cattle breeding and horticulture, including als some (sub)sector agreements. Planned measures include developing best management practices for reducing N2O emissions (emissions are reduced by reducing nitrogen flows on farms), taking measures related to cattle feed to reduce CH4 emissions (the composition of feed can affect the production of methane via the cattle’s digestive systems), taking measures concerning manure storage to reduce emissions of CH4, taking energy saving and renewable energy measures, etc. The covenant follows up on the actions of the socalled GLAMI-covenant (Convenant Glastuinbouw & Milieu; Covenant Horticulture & Environment), that was implemented from 1997-2010. In 2017 a number of additional actions were included in an add-on to the covenant.

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