Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Aarhus University is organising the international conference on 'Zero Greenhouse Emission in High Productive Agriculture - ZEA' 22 - 24 February 2022. The conference is hosted and financially supported by Novo Nordisk Foundation and the venue is Tuborg Havnevej 19, DK-2600 Hellerup.

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture originate from livestock, manure, soils, land use and fossil fuels. Society is increasingly successful in reducing emissions from non-agricultural sectors, and within a few years, agriculture will be the sector with the largest greenhouse gas emissions, unless new production systems and technologies are introduced.

This conference will give experienced and young scientists a forum to present novel technologies and management practices with a Zero Greenhouse Gas Emission in High Productive Agriculture (ZEA) potential to reduce greenhouse gas emission, to discuss their work with fellow scientists and present this in the context of the overall policy targets.

The outcome will be improved understanding among scientists and end-users about how novel technologies and management of agricultural systems will affect emissions at farm and landscape scales. The overarching aim is to develop a roadmap leading to Zero Greenhouse Gas Emission Agriculture (ZEA).

Background

Emissions of greenhouses gasses (GHG) from Danish agricultural sector contribute with 23 % of the total GHG emission from Denmark. Danish farming is intensive, specialized, and much focused on producing for a global marked. Greenhouse gas are emitted from machines using fossil fuel, livestock, manure management, fertilizer use and feed import. Agriculture can contribute to reduce net emission through bio-energy production and carbon sequestration. Food and feed production contribute to the emission, but at this conference, focus is on technologies and management practices that will reduce emission from primary production.

Reducing GHG emission is linked closely to most of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The speakers at the conference are asked to consider how the technology or management practise presented will affect these goals. The intention is to avoid “pollution swopping” or unwanted effect on biodiversity, environment, human and animal welfare.