Low-Carbon Technologies: Agriculture Europe

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Agriculture contributes significantly to Europe’s GHG emissions.  As in other regions, methane and nitrous oxide comprise a relatively large share of agriculture GHG emissions.  Abatement costs are found to vary significantly, so market-based abatement schemes are recommended.  As in other regions, carbon mitigation in the agricultural sector may have spillover effects on other emissions.  Agricultural soil sequestration potential is up to 45 Mt/yr, though the achievable potential may be lower.  Monitoring and verification costs may prove prohibitive if the verifiability requirements are very stringent.  Bioenergy crops might be a more fruitful method of carbon mitigation as opposed to soil sequestration.