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Ammonia emissions from agriculture

Updated 23.3.2022

In 2020, ammonia emissions from agriculture totalled 27,500 tonnes, being almost 90% of all ammonia emissions in Finland. Ammonia emissions from agriculture mainly come from manure and inorganic nitrogen fertilizers.

If ammonia emissions are lowered, the quality of air will improve and soil acidification and eutrophication will decrease. Means to reduce ammonia emissions are related to feeding animals, spreading fertilizers and covering manure stocks.

The goal is to reduce ammonia emissions by 20% from the 2005 level by 2020.

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Description of the indicator

The indicator measures ammonia emissions (NH3) from Finnish agriculture, and it helps to monitor any changes in emission volumes.

The EU emissions ceiling directive (2001/81/EC) obligates member states to calculate, for example, ammonia emissions and report them to the EU Commission. Emissions are evaluated in accordance with the EMEP/EEA Emission Inventory Guidebook. The Finnish Environment Institute calculates Finnish ammonia emissions. Regional emissions in 2015 are not comparable with previous years, as the calculation method has been changed.

This indicator is one of the CAP impact indicators. The indicator will be updated in spring 2023.