Ireland’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2019 focuses on reducing emissions in agriculture. In 2017 it was reported that agriculture is the largest contributor to Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), accounting for over 33% of the total national emissions.
The Agri sector particularly the beef sector is facing challenging times. With increasing number of regulations and directives, resource management and energy management will be key to maintaining or reducing farm operating costs. It is estimated that the average cost of electricity per litre of milk is €0.49, cost of electricity per head of pig is €5.40/year and €12.3/tonne to dry grain.
By sector, Agriculture & Fisheries accounted for 2.0% of the countries final energy demand in 2018. This represents a decrease of 1% on 2005 levels, but energy consumption did rise by 6.3% or 15ktoe on 2005 figures. According to the governments Climate Action Plan (CAP) the target for agriculture is to get emissions back to a range of 17.5-19mt by 2030, which is a cut of 10-15% on the projected levels in 2030 relative to 2017. How can GHG emissions be reduced in farming?