2009-2010: The climate
change mitigation potential of an EU farm: towards a farm-based
integrated assessment (Ref. ENV.B.1/ETU/2009/0052)
The purpose of this study was
to help prepare concepts and tools to facilitate farmers and growers
take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve carbon
sequestration to mitigate climate change impacts. The work also sought
to support policy makers in the development and improvement of climate
change mitigation policies. This project developed a 'tentative' model
for integrated whole farm assessment, with the objective of encouraging
farm practices that will decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase
carbon sequestration, within the context of a sustainable balance
between environmental, social and economic objectives as outlined
above. The model helps a farmer to identify practical mitigation
options for their specific farm; and aids policy makers in identifying
practices that could be more widely encouraged across the EU. The model
development process was supported by a comprehensive literature and
data review and farm case studies / consultation exercises that were
undertaken in seven EC Member States. This process helped define the
requirements of the model, based on the needs of end users, and
provided concrete examples of mitigation actions.
- Green, A., Lewis, K.A., Tzilivakis, J. &
Warner D.J. (2017).
Agricultural climate change mitigation: carbon calculators as a guide
for decision making. International
Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 15(6): 645-661. DOI
A., Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D. & Lewis, K. (2017). Problems of
Benchmarking Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Dairy Agriculture. Benchmarking:
An International Journal, 24(6): 1470-1489. DOI
J., Green, A., Lewis, K.A. & Warner, D.J (2014). Identifying
integrated options for agricultural climate change mitigation. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and
Management, 6(2): 192-211. DOI.
- Green, A., Warner, D.J.,
Tzilivakis, J., &
Lewis, K.A. (2014). A Comparison of Carbon Accounting Tools and an
Evaluation of Their Potential for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation. In: M.
Hassouna & N. Guingand (Eds.), Emission of Gas and Dust from
Livestock. (pp. 237-240). RMT Élevage et Environnement, Le Rheu,
- Lewis, K.A., Tzilivakis,
J. & Green, A. (2013). Agricultural carbon calculators -
choosing the right one. Presented at 'Producing More for Less',
Birmingham, UK, 16-17 January 2013.
- Lewis, K.A., Green, A.,
Warner, D.J. &
Tzilivakis, J. (2012). Carbon accounting tools: are they fit for
purpose in the context of arable cropping. International Journal of
Agricultural Sustainability, 11(2): 159-175. DOI.
- Tzilivakis, J. (2011). The climate change mitigation potential of
an EU farm: towards a farm-based integrated assessment. European
Commission meeting of agri-environment correspondents, Brussels,
Belgium, 18 March 2011.
Dr John Tzilivakis