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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
  • Green, 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
  • Tzilivakis, 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, France.
  • 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



University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2020.