Clean air from agriculture

Agriculture is responsible for more than 90% of ammonia and more than 50% of methane emissions in the EU. Cutting this pollution will make people and animals healthier, save farmers money and help prevent damage to soil and water.

Sustainable agriculture can provide good, healthy food while ensuring clean air and thriving natural ecosystems.

Clean Air Farming promotes knowledge and techniques that can reduce ammonia and methane emissions while encouraging the appreciation of quality food. Meat and dairy should be consumed with the same care they are produced, and not thrown away as food waste. There is enormous potential to reduce emissions from food production. 




Most EU governments failed to file air pollution plans by April deadline

EU officials are still waiting to receive crucial air pollution reduction programmes from fourteen EU governments, including France, Germany, Poland and Spain.

National governments were supposed to detail how they planned to reduce emissions of harmful air pollution in ‘National Air Pollution Control Programmes’, which should have been sent to the European Commission this month. However, only 13 of the EU’s 28 Member States had filed their plans by the end of April

READ the press release!


German government misses out on deadline for a national air pollution control programme

By the deadline of 1 April, the Federal Government had been unable to agree on a viable national air pollution control programme.

To protect human health and ecosystems, Germany must save 5 percent by 2020 and at least 29 percent ammonia by 2030. This also requires measures to reduce the precursor gas methane. Together with Bird Life Germany, we are therefore addressing Minister Svenja Schulze in an open letter and calling on the Federal Government to present an effective and ambitious package of measures as soon as possible.

Read our letter to Svenja Schulze

Technical measures

Numerous technical and organisational ways to prevent nitrogen losses from ammonia emissions.



Political framework conditions set limits and economic incentives to protect people and the environment.


Background information