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EEA31 NH3 emissions

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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2003

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Air pollution Air pollution (Primary theme)

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  • APE 3a
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Policy issue:  Are we reaching emission targets for acidifying and eutrophicating substances?

Key messages

  • Agriculture is responsible for the vast majority of EU15 NH3 emissions, 93% in 2001. Ammonia emissions in the EU15 have been reduced by 7.6% since 1990 largely due to decreases made in the agriculture sector. This has been achieved through a reduction in livestock numbers (especially cattle), changes in the management of organic manures and from the decreased use of nitrogenous fertilisers

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EU15 ammonia emissions decreased 7.6% between 1990 and 2000. The emission reduction between 2000 and 2001 was 0.5%. The agricultural sector remains the major source of ammonia emissions (93% of 2001 EU15 total emissions). The most important source in agriculture is from manure management in livestock followed by NH3 emissions from agricultural soils. Particularly large emissions occur from pigs, cattle and poultry rearing.

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