LIFE+ Climate changE-R

Final results

The project has shown that with the adoption of good practices it is possible to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by the agricultural systems of Emilia-Romagna.

Summary of the final results obtained during the project, which ended on 31 December 2016.

All the project objectives were achieved (pdf3.44 MB).

Objectives:

  • To assess the environmental impact, in terms of carbon footprint, related to the cultivation of Durum Wheat, Tomato and Green Bean for industrial processing, Peach and Pear, at three different levels of environmental impact (LAA1-Cross-compliance rules, LAA2-IP-Integrated Production, LAA3-IP+agronomic and plant protection advanced techniques)
  • To use Life Cycle Assessment, in order to detect and identify practices aimed at mitigating GHG emissions from agricultural production.

How to reduce the carbon footprint:

  1. Increasing production efficiency: sustainable intensification that boosts production through a more efficient use of inputs.
  2. Reducing emissions: optimizing primarily the nitrogen fertilization (amount, timing, precision technologies, mode of distribution especially for livestock manure) and the use of agrochemicals and water.
  3. Producing and saving energy: all the measures of energy saving and increasing the energy efficiency of machines used can contribute, as well as installation of power plants from renewable sources (e.g. Solar). • Carbon sequestration from the atmosphere: all agricultural practices that tend to the preservation of soil fertility increasing organic matter content (conservation agriculture).

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