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Dairy production generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but can regulate climate through carbon storage in soils. The main objective of the LIFE Carbon dairy project is to promote a milk production approach that is capable of reducing GHG emissions by 20% over 10 years.
Dairy production has opposing effects on climate change. It generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but can regulate climate through carbon storage in soils. Hence, cattle rearing management techniques can strongly impact on the sustainability of this activity. Nevertheless, studies reveal that knowledge gaps exist amongst French Dairy farmers about the use of different agricultural practices on GHG emissions, and the availability of new innovative practices that possess low carbon footprints.
Work is thus needed to increase awareness amongst French dairy sector stakeholders about their role in contributing to the EU’s climate action agenda.
The main objective of the LIFE Carbon dairy project is to promote a milk production approach that is capable of reducing GHG emissions by 20% over 10 years.
To achieve this goal, the partners aim to:
The project will be conducted in six representative dairy regions of France and investigations will concern a sample of 3 900 farms located across the six regions to enable the large-scale assessment of carbon impact.
The project expects to achieve the following :
Coordinator : Institut de l'Elevage
L’Institut de l’Elevage (French Livestock Institute) is an institute for applied research and development, recognised by the French Ministry of Agriculture, dedicated to livestock rearing of herbivores.
P a r t n e r s : Ain Conseil Elevage, BCEL Ouest, Chambre d'agriculture de Région du Nord-Pas de Calais, CLASEL, CNIEL, Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Lorraine, Chambre d’Agriculture de Loire Atlantique, Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Bretagne, Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Normandie, France Conseil Elevage, Littoral Normand Conseil Elevage, OPTIVAL, Oxygen Conseil Elevage.
From 01-JUL-2013 to 30-JUN -2018
With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union
Catherine Brocas (Institut de l'Elevage), Jean-Baptiste Dollé (Institut de l'Elevage)