- EIP-AGRI Projects
- Focus groups
Wednesday, 24 March, 2021 - 08:00 to Thursday, 25 March, 2021 - 14:00
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The EIP-AGRI workshop ‘Towards carbon neutral agriculture’ was initially planned to take place in Estonia on 9-10 September 2020 but it was postponed due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19.
This event was by invitation only, applied through an open call for expression of interest.
This interactive event was dedicated to networking and sharing existing experiences among projects addressing innovative solutions, farm systems and practices contributing to the optimisation of carbon balance in the European farming systems. The topic of the workshop is highly relevant to the main political priorities of the Commission and in particular the European Green Deal initiative aiming at climate neutrality by 2050.
Further information below.
Day 1: Wednesday 24 March 2021
Part I: Starting our journey together
Part II: Looking into solutions
Inspiring examples of diverse production methods that seek carbon neutrality:
Day 2: Thursday 25 March 2021
Part III: Boosting implementation
Inspiring examples of implementation of carbon neutral agriculture:
Closing words: Kerstin Rosenow, Head of Unit B2 – Research and Innovation, DG AGRI: video
You can also watch the full event in half-day recordings if you prefer, find the links below:
Further information on the theme of the workshop
Participants included farmers and farmers' organisations, foresters, researchers, EIP-AGRI Operational Groups, SMEs, advisers, universities, research and technology organisations, rural networks, and others involved in relevant projects or with experience in designing and/or implementing innovative solutions, farming systems or practices contributing to the reduction of carbon footprint of the agricultural sector across Europe.
Agriculture and climate change are closely interlinked. On the one hand, agriculture is one of the main sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), two greenhouse gases, but at the same time it holds a great potential to sequester and store carbon in plants, trees and soils. A more carbon neutral agriculture is possible, if proper farm management practices are adopted to optimise the carbon balance in farming systems. These can include for instance practices aiming at reducing livestock CH4 emission, practices that result in a reduced use of farm inputs (e.g. fuels, pesticides, fertilisers) or practices that help keep carbon stored in soils.
The focus of this workshop was on the transition to carbon neutrality in agriculture, through:
Furthermore, conclusions from the workshop aim at promoting the adoption of these practices on the ground, which might be also favoured by the Green Deal and future CAP Strategic Plans and by Horizon Europe, due to the potential of these practices to contribute to achieving the CAP’s cross-cutting objectives and improve the resilience and environmental, social and economic performance of the farming system.
The overall aim of the workshop was to promote networking among EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and other innovative projects dealing with practices towards a more carbon neutral agriculture. This means to learn more about each other, find common issues, share good practices and innovations and explore possibilities for future collaboration and knowledge exchange. The event also aimed at promoting the adoption of carbon neutral farming practices that also bring other environmental benefits, such as increased biodiversity, both in the short and long term. Finally, the workshop provided a space for stakeholders to propose and discuss future research needs in this area.
The specific objectives of the workshop were: