The agricultural sector is the main source of ammonia (NH3) and methane (CH4) in the EU. Yet emissions reductions over the past thirty years for either of these pollutants have not been as impressive as reductions of pollutants from other sectors.
The EU is currently looking at tightening the pollution limits for each EU Member State between now and 2030 through a revision of the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive. It is important that the ceilings fixed for both ammonia and methane are ambitious and lead to real efforts from farmers to reduce the pollution they emit. If they are not, other sectors already contributing to emissions cuts will be under pressure to deliver even greater emissions reductions and EU citizens will be condemned to breathe dirty air well beyond 2030.
The infographic explains what the sources for agricultural emissions are, how they impact on our health and why it is important to regulate them.
You can view the infographic by clicking on the image below or click here to download our position paper ‘Clean Air from our Farms’.