5th June 2019

Methane reduction and dairy

Reducing climate change one burb at a time!

Livestock is responsible for 3.1 Gigaton of methane (CH4) emissions globally. This is 44% of all anthropogenic CH4 (21-36 times the global warming potential of CO2) emission. Most methane comes from enteric fermentation: cow burbs. The demand for meat and dairy is expected to double by 2050 (FAO). Dairy is a major agricultural product of the Netherlands.

That’s why in collaboration with the Dutch Agricultural Organisation we have started a collaborate research project ‘ seaweed and dairy farming ‘. The aim is to reduce methane emissions with the use of seaweed as a dietary supplement to cows. In this way, the partners in the partnership, CONO cheese makers, Hortimare and Stichting Green Port Noord-Holland Noord, expect to be able to make a tangible contribution to both the Dutch climate targets and also a future-proof agricultural Sector.

The project – which is part of the Rural Development Programme (POP3) – lasts until the end of 2019. Wageningen Livestock Research leads the scientific research that focuses on identifying Northern European algae species with a measurable effect on methane reduction, with animal health as a precondition.  

The project is made financially possible by the province of Noord-Holland, the Rural Development Programme (POP3) and EAFRD, co-financing by the Dairy Fund, the PPS Proseaweed with co-financing by the Ministry of Agriculture, LTO projects, LTO Noord, Stichting Green Port Noord-Holland Noord, Wageningen Livestock Research, CONO cheese makers and Hortimare are partners in this project.

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