Lithuanian agriculture getting ready to implement obligations of the Paris Climate Change Agreement2016-07-27
On 26 July, the Council of the Lithuanian Chamber of Agriculture held a meeting on the implementation of the obligations under the Paris Climate Change Agreement in Lithuanian agriculture.
During the discussion, representatives of the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Foreign Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as responsible persons from agrarian companies, associations representing farmers and science and educational institutions exchanged opinions and information on the implementation of the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets under the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the possible consequences of Brexit for agriculture.
Stasilė Znutienė, head of the Climate Change Policy Division at the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Environment, introduced the participants of the meeting to the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and their implementation in accordance with legal acts on the 2030 EU climate change and energy goals to be approved. She also presented the European Commission ‘Summer Package’ of 20 July 2016 laying down greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the sectors not involved in the EU Emission Trading System (agriculture, transport, industry (fuel combustion plants of less than 20 MW), buildings, waste management, etc.). In the period 2021-2030, greenhouse gas emissions in the above-mentioned sectors of Lithuania will have to be reduced by 9%, compared to 2005. To achieve the goals, agriculture will have to implement greenhouse gas emission reduction measures such as innovate manure management techniques, reduced use of synthetic fertilisers, sustainable use of agricultural land enabling the increase of carbon stocks in soil, utilisation of agricultural waste, change of the feed content, rational use of agricultural machinery, etc.
It was stressed at the meeting that the implementation of greenhouse gas emission reduction measures not only promoted sustainable development of agriculture resistant to climate change but also encouraged the introduction of innovative techniques and increased the productivity and competitiveness of agricultural produce in the EU and world markets.