Title: A European perspective of innovations toward mitigation of nitrogen-related greenhouse gases
Authors: WINIWARTER WilfriedLEIP AdrianTUOMISTO HANNA LEENAHAASTRUP Palle
Citation: CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY vol. 9-10 p. 37-45
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC90970
ISSN: 1877-3435
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877343514000396
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC90970
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.07.006
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Technology design and effectiveness studies available in the scientific literature demonstrate future mitigation potentials of nitrogen-related greenhouse gases. Here we investigate “innovations” influencing such emissions. These innovations mainly address agriculture: reduced meat diets, urban gardening, genetically modified crops, and precision farming, but also more distant options like vertical farming and cultured meat production, that is, indoor agriculture. While the latter approaches, which allow full management of effluents, seem very promising in terms of emission control, the cost estimates available would rule out any practical relevance. Technologies that currently seem more realistic offer much smaller mitigation potential. Information on energy need, greenhouse gas emissions, and land requirements feed into a semi-quantitative assessment, which delivers information in a format useful for existing European policy tools.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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