Climate Protection in Agriculture
Agriculture plays a major role in climate change through the emissions of GHGs, especially through ruminant digestion, soil processes and indirectly through the use of diesel, fertilisers and pesticides. Agriculture has the highest exposition to climate change as it depends directly on climatic factors, therefore climate protection should be conducted on farm level by reducing GHGs and energy consumption.
The project was implemented in four European countries (Germany, France, Italy and Spain). The core of the project was a farm-level assessment of GHG emissions and energy consumption with the help of a tool (ACCT). Meausres were then discussed with the farmers which could reduce their energy consumption and GHG emissions and implemented throughout the project. GHG emissions and energy consumption could be reduced between 10 – 40 % on all analysed farms.
In April 2013, the project AgriClimateChange received the seal “PHINEO-Wirkt-Sigel” for transparency and effectiveness in the area of climate protection.
In 2015, the project received the “Best of the Best” LIFE Environment Project Award 2014 and the “EU Web Award” from EURid.
In June 2016, the project received the Green Award in Brussels, in the category “Climate protection”. This award was granted to the best LIFE projects, that have been implemented since the start of the LIFE programme in 1992.