German farmers promise to cut carbon

Germany’s Farmer's Union on Wednesday pledged to reduce the climate impacts of agriculture and forestry by increasing productivity and using more bioenergy.

The sectors' new goals are to double the production of biomass by 2020 compared with 2010, and to reduce emissions of methane and nitrous oxide by 25% by 2020 and by 30% by 2030 compared with 1990.

The association also pledged to raise productivity so as to increase the agricultural carbon cycle by 15% from its 2010 level by 2030. This would cut net emissions by for example producing more biomass that could substitute fossil fuels in energy production or by sequestering more CO2 in soils, it said.

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