Modelled impacts of mitigation measures on greenhouse gas emissions from Finnish agriculture up to 2020

  • K. REGINA
  • H. LEHTONEN
  • J. NOUSIAINEN

Abstract

Emission scenarios based on integrated quantitative modelling are a valuable tool in planning strategies for greenhouse gas mitigation. By estimating the potential of individual mitigation measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resources can be targeted to the most promising policy measures. This paper reports two agricultural emission scenarios for Finland up to year 2020, one baseline scenario (Scenario 1) based on the projected agricultural production levels determined by markets and agricultural policy and one with selected mitigation measures included (Scenario 2). Measures selected for the analysis consisted of 1) keeping agricultural area at the current level, 2) decreasing the proportion of organic soils, 3) increasing the proportion of grass cultivation on organic soils and 4) supporting biogas production on farms. Starting from 2005, the emissions of nitrous oxide and methane from agriculture would decrease 2.3% in Scenario 1 by 2020 whereas the respective decrease would be 11.5% in Scenario 2. According to the results, mitigation measures targeted to cultivation of organic soils have the largest potential to reduce the emissions. Such measures would include reducing the area of cultivated organic soils and increasing the proportion of perennial crops on the remaining area.

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Published
Jan 3, 2009
How to Cite
REGINA, K., LEHTONEN, H., & NOUSIAINEN, J. (2009). Modelled impacts of mitigation measures on greenhouse gas emissions from Finnish agriculture up to 2020. Agricultural and Food Science, 18(3-4), 477-493. https://doi.org/10.23986/afsci.5968