N2O Emissions Abatement Practices

Applies to: Silage Production


This indicator refers to the minimisation of N2O emissions from silage production (predominately related to fertilisation management). N2O is GHG with global warming potential (GWP100) of 298. GWP was developed to allow comparisons of the global warming impacts of different gases. It shows how much energy the emissions of a gas will absorb over a given period of time, relative to the emissions of an equal mass of CO2. Common abatement practices include balanced fertilisation, timing of application (avoiding winter application, synchronization with crops’ needs), precision farming, green fertilisation, slowing or timing the release of fertilisers, use of nitrification inhibitor etc.


Which practices are implemented that abate N2O emissions?


At least two practices implemented

One practice implemented

No practices implemented

Sources of information:

ICF Consulting. 2000. Abatement of Emissions of other Greenhouse Gases – Nitrous Oxide.

AEA Technology Environment. 1998. Options to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions.

IPCC. 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Japan: IGES; 2006.

IPCC, 2013: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Stocker, T.F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S.K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 1535 pp.