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Publication . Article . 2017

Evaluation of agriculture eco-efficiency in Latvia

Agita Gancone; Jelena Pubule; Marika Rosa; Dagnija Blumberga;
Open Access
Published: 01 Sep 2017 Journal: Energy Procedia, volume 128, pages 309-315 (issn: 1876-6102, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Elsevier BV

Abstract Agriculture is the second most significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with approximately 24 % of Latvia’s total GHG emissions in 2014. Emissions from agricultural soils contributed major share of the total emissions – 59.6 %, enteric fermentation emissions was second largest source – 32 %. The share of manure management emissions was evaluated as 7.5 % of total emissions in the sector, remaining 0.9 % of emissions refer to liming and urea application. GHG emissions increased in 2014 by 3.3 % comparing to 2013 due to increase of cattle, sheep and fur animal numbers. Statistics also showed increase of synthetic N fertilizer consumption approximately by 4.6 %, sown area by 0.3 % and lime application to soils 42.9 % [1]. Bearing in mind significant share of agricultural emissions in total GHG emissions in Latvia and the growing emission trend the additional attention is necessary for evaluation of impacts of agriculture on the environment. The purpose of this study is to explore indicators for assessing eco-efficiency in the Latvian agriculture sector. First the paper describes methods which can be used for measuring eco-efficiency, second availability of activity data and third, presents calculations of selected indicators for eco-efficiencies.

Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Environmental engineering Eco-efficiency Enteric fermentation Agriculture business.industry business Greenhouse gas N fertilizer Manure management Lime engineering.material engineering Environmental science Agricultural science

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