Assessment of GHG abatement cost in European agriculture via increasing the share of rotations with legumes
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The aim of this paper is to assess regional greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction potential due to changing rotations at farm-scale in five European NUTS2 regions, for 13 site classes. Based on an agronomic and financial survey, possible rotations were generated for the site classes. The gross margins of each rotation were complemented with nitrous-oxide (N2O) emissions derived from organic and synthetic N fertiliser use to assess the GHG abatement cost. A bottom-up approach was used, assuming that the farmers are minimizing the abatement cost. Results show aggregated “win-win” abatement potential in the five NUTS2 regions of 11% to 16% of the baseline soil N2O emissions from arable areas, mostly due to an increased share of legumes in rotations.
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