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. 




Memorandum to the Finnish Presidency

EEB calls upon the Finnish Presidency of the European Union to...

  • Encourage Member States to finalise their National Air Pollution Control Programmes
  • Encourage Member States to implement ambitious policy measures to reduce national emissions, which go beyond the minimum requirements established by the NEC Directive such as the establishment of a reduction target for methane emissions
  • Ensure an ambitious CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) post 2020 which includes coherent, clear and measurable air quality objectives that effectively contributes to achieve WHO standards, so to reduce the sector’s impact on air quality which result from ammonia and methane emissions in particular, but also primary PM through agricultural burning).





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

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8th Global Nitrogen Conference of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI2020) in Berlin from 3 – 7 May 2020

„Nitrogen and the UN Sustainable Development Goals“

The 8th conference of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI 2020) will be the meeting point for scientists from all over the world who are dealing with reactive nitrogen compounds in agriculture, industry, traffic, soil, water and air. It will be the place to exchange results, ideas and visions to improve future holistic management of reactive nitrogen in order to further reduce hunger and poverty and at the same time avoid further hazards for human health, biodiversity and environmental media. It will be a perfect opportunity to engage with important policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to stimulate further policy measures for effective integrated nitrogen management.

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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