The challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farms and the way agriculture's contribution to climate change is measured in relation to other sectors will be applied according to the same "rulebook" around the world for decades to come, delegates from 200 countries and organisations including Ireland and the EU agreed on Saturday night.

The 24th conference of parties to the UN convention on climate change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland adopted a text stating that "each party shall report the following sectors: energy, industrial processes and product use, agriculture, land use and land use change, and waste, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines". It lists the gases to be tracked and controlled, including methane from livestock and nitrous oxide from soils and fertilisers.