The Department of Agriculture has opened a public consultation on its draft document which sets out guidelines for good agricultural practice to reduce ammonia emissions.
European legislation obligates every country in the EU to design a code on reducing ammonia which is one of five pollutants covered under the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD).
Ammonia from agriculture accounts for 995 of Ireland’s ammonia emissions. These emissions arise from fertiliser applications, manure applications, animal feeding strategies, animal housing and manure storage.
The “Code of Good Agricultural Practise for reducing Ammonia Emissions from Agriculture” is a guidance document containing a list of voluntary measures farmers can undertake to reduce emissions on their farm.
Latest data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows ammonia emissions increased by 2% in 2017. Emissions are projected to continue increasing out to 2030.
The consultation document is available on the Department’s website here.
Observations from interested organisations or individuals are invited until 21 June 2019 and can be submitted via email or hard copy.email: ClimateChange@agriculture.gov.ieAddress: Climate Change and Bioenergy Policy Division, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Pavilion A, Grattan Business Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois.