Emissions from Agriculture reached a peak in 1998 and have decreased to below their 1990 level since 2004, reflecting long-term decline in livestock populations and in fertiliser use due to the Common Agricultural Policy. Emissions from Agriculture in 2012 were 8.6% below their 1990 levels, although the increase in agriculture emissions during 2012 represents the first significant increase since 1999. Emissions have been increasing since 2012 due in part to the abolition of milk quotas and expansion of the dairy herd. Agriculture remains the single largest contributor to the overall emissions at 33.0% of the total in 2019 (EPA, 2019).
Agricultural GHG emissions and the Food Wise 2025 Strategy
Food Wise 2025 sets out a ten year plan for the agri-food sector. It underlines the sector’s unique and special position within the Irish economy, and it illustrates the potential which exists for this sector to grow even further.
The Food Wise 2025 strategy was agreed by a committee of 35 stakeholders from the agri-food sector. It foresees a sector that acts more strategically and achieves a competitive critical mass in the international marketplace while targeting more quality conscious consumers who will recognise and reward Ireland’s food producers for their sustainable production and high quality produce.
Environmental organisations criticised this report as the expansion the agriculture sector when it comprises such a large portion of our emissions. For example, An Taisce called the report 'fundamentally flawed and unfit for purpose' in their response.
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