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CP 2 Breakthrough Mitigation & Adaptation Options.
Leader: Frank O’Mara (Teagasc)

Background and Aims

GHG emissions related to animal production are CH4 from enteric fermentation, CH4 and N2O from manure management, N2O from nitrogen excreted by grazing animals, N2O from fertilizer use, and energy use on farms. The impact of climate change will also require adaptation in animal production systems, related to both the animal and with feed supply.

CP2 will identify the most promising mitigation and adaptation options at both the animal and field scales. It will provide information on mitigation potential for up-scaling to the farm and regional levels in CP 3 and 4. It will collate information about existing mitigation technologies and look for new methods to reduce the major GHG emissions related to animal production in relation to CH4, N2O and Energy. The potential to sequester Carbon in livestock grazing land will be explored together with adaptation options designed to secure the feed supply of animals and ensure that livestock can adapt to climate change. An important element of the work will be the assessment of interactions between adaptation and mitigation options

Component 2 is organized into 3 interlinked Workpackages
(To find out more about a workpackage – click the box)

Component 2 will

  • Provide the mitigation potential of a range of mitigation options for livestock relation emissions.
  • Derive the potential to sequester carbon in livestock grazing lands.
  • Provide information on
    • o new breakthrough mitigation options
    • the variation around the mitigation potential of the options identified.
    • the causes of the variation, and on how to manage the variation.
  • Provide the main adaptation options
    • to be used to secure the feed supply of animals.
    • to be used to ensure farm animals can adapt to climate change. And
  • Information on the resilience of these adaptation options to stresses such as drought, flooding, heat stress.
  • An assessment of the implication of mitigation on the potential to adapt to climate change.
  • An assessment of the implication of adaptation on the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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