Analyses on environment, nature and energy.
Using data on milk production and associated ammonia emissions, The Danish Agriculture and Food Council has compared the efficiency of milk production for the EU member states for the period 1990-2012. The analysis concludes that Denmark has a leading position on reducing ammonia emissions. Thus, Denmark has the lowest ammonia emissions per produced kg milk compared to other large milk producing member states in the EU.
In EU's present proposal for a revised NEC directive, the requirement for Danish ammonia reduction for 2020 is set at 24 percent as compared to the 2005 emission level. Danish Agriculture and Food Council has calculated that the Danish society will be short of an annual export of around one billion Euro and 11,000 jobs, if this scenario is realized. (summary in English.
Recent figures show a continuation of the decoupling of Danish agricultural
production from nitrogen and phosphorus surpluses. While agricultural production, measured in volumes, has increased by 30 pct. from 1985 to 2010, the agricultural phosphorus surplus fell by 105 pct. and the nitrogen surplus by 54 pct. Nitrogen and phosphorus surplus is defined as the difference between agricultural nutrient input and nutrient removed by harvesting. The lower the nutrient surplus, the lower the environmental impact, other things being equal.
Danish agricultural emissions of greenhouse gasses declined 10 pct. from 2008 to 2009. This decrease continues many years of steady decline in the Danish gricultural greenhouse gas emissions. From 1990 to 2009 greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 28 pct., i.e. from 18.7 million tons to 13.4 tons CO2 equivalents.